Lewis is a first generation Ph.D.. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Arizona’s School of Anthropology in 2016 and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Universiteit Leiden and a researcher on the European Research Council Synergy Nexus 1492 project. He studies the material culture of past peoples in the U.S. Southwest and focuses on examining how social movements shaped religion and politics through time. To examine these movements, he uses social and spatial analyses that draw on a wide range of data, particularly ceramic and architecture. Lewis is interested in combining theories on decentralized social organization with standard archaeological, historical, and anthropological theories of historical change. He has applied these theoretical and methodological interests to the Gallina region of the prehispanic North American Southwest to understand issues of violence as well as resistance to the increasingly hierarchical religious and political situation in the late Chaco landscape and throughout the Mesa Verde region. He also examines the Hohokam region in the southern Southwest and explores how and why the spread of ideologies (specifically that associated with the spread of Salado polychrome ceramics) is truncated.
Lewis has worked in the American Southwest since 2006. While his archaeological fieldwork has landed him in a range of amazing places, from historic slaughterhouses in Wisconsin to agricultural fields and copper smelting furnaces in Peru’s northern deserts, he always ends up back in the dust and the sunsets of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts.
More information about him and his research can be found here.
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