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Stephen Kowalewski

UGA Arch
Professor Emeritus

“Anthropology is the essential field.” Kowalewski was raised in rural Lancaster County, PA. First field school in Utah, 1967, and first fieldwork in Oaxaca, 1970. Assistant professor at Lehman and Hunter, CUNY, 1975-1977. Has lived in Athens since 1978. Major field projects in Oaxaca in 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1990, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2011, funded by NSF, NGS, SSRC, SSHRC, Harp Foundation.


PhD, Archaeology, University of Arizona, 1976

Research Areas:
Research Interests:
  • Regional analysis
  • Economic anthropology
  • Demography
  • Historical ecology
  • Archaeology & history
  • Mesoamerica
  • Southeast
  • Southwest
Selected Publications:

Kowalewski, Stephen A. 2012  A Theory of the Ancient Mesoamerican Economy. Research in Economic Anthropology 32:187-224.

Kowalewski, Stephen A. 2012 Two Metaphors and a Myth. Soocial Evolution & History 11(2):64-67.

Kowalewski, Stephen A., and Luis Barba Pingarrón 2012 Ignacio Bernal en Coixtlahuaca. In Homenaje a Ignacio Bernal, edited by Nelly M.Robles García, pp. 57-68. Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México, D.F.

Articles Featuring Stephen Kowalewski
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 11:26am

The UGA Today article, "How do people solve global problems?" quotes both Dr. Birch and Dr. Kowalewski as they discuss collaborative problem-solving methods and the archaeological evidence behind them. The article also notes the new book, …

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 9:38am

The Department of Anthropology and the Laboratory of Archaeology's Dr. Stephen Kowalewski served as an editor on the newly published, The Evolution of Social Institutions-Interdisciplinary Perspectives. This book presents a novel and innovative…

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 11:38am

UGA Department of Anthropology's Jacob Holland-Lulewicz, Megan Conger, Travis Jones, Dr. Jennifer Birch, and Dr. Stephen Kowalewski published a recent paper in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

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