David L. Haskell, PhD
My research examines the social construction of difference and hierarchy, and thus political authority, through both ethnohistoric (utilizing 16th century Spanish and indigenous authored documents) and archaeological research. My ethnohistoric research analyzes the native conceptualization of hierarchy based in the principle of encompassing or subsuming the identities of subordinates, in effect making such subordinates aspects of a superior agent’s identity (rather than authors of their own lives and identities). This in turn allows for an archaeological consideration of the materiality of identity and personhood, their intersubjective constitution, and how material artifacts both constitute and are made meaningful by the practices of social actors. By such investigations, I seek to understand how political authority was emically defined, understood, and enacted in the Tarascan State, allowing for potential cross-cultural comparisons of how political regimes and actors aimed to redefine social relations in their favor.
PHD, ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA (2008)
MA, ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA (2003)
BA, ANTHROPOLOGY, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, SUMMA CUM LAUDE (2000)
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Teaching Assistant, August 2001 – May 2004.
University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
|Field and Research Experience||
Erongarícuaro, Michoacán, Mexico Co-Principal Investigator and Field Director of the 2005 field season of the project “Investigating the Expansion and Consolidation of the Tarascan State: Proposal for Fieldwork at Erongarícuaro, Michoacán, Mexico.”
Artifact Analysis, 2006
Artifact Analysis, 2003.
Survey and Excavation, 2001.
|Publications and Presentations||
Tarascan Kingship: the Production of Hierarchy in the Prehispanic Patzcuaro Basin, Mexico. PhD dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida. Available online through the University of Florida Libraries here:
The Cultural Logic of Hierarchy in the Tarascan State: History as Ideology in the Relación de Michoacán. Ancient Mesoamerica 19:231-241.
Representing and Practicing Hierarchy in the Prehispanic Tarascan State. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington D.C., December.
Investigating the Expansion and Consolidation of the Tarascan State: Fieldwork at Erongarícuaro, Michoacán, México. Report submitted to the Foundation for Mesoamerican Studies, Inc., March. Accessible Online
Proyecto Erongarícuaro. Informe técnico parcial al Consejo de Arqueología, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Temporada II. May. With Helen P. Pollard.
History, Ideology, and Problematic Assumptions in the Ethnohistoric Inquiry into the Development of the Tarascan State, paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 2006, San Juan Puerto Rico.
Hierarchy, History, and Ideology in the Tarascan State: a Structuralist Analysis of the Relación de Michoacán. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Atlanta, GA, December 16.
Difference of Perception, Perception of Difference: Architecture and Hierarchy in Ancient West Mexico. Paper presented at the Annual Midwest Mesoamericanist Meetings of Archaeology and Ethnohistory in Lexington, KY, March 13.
History and Hierarchy in the Prehispanic Tarascan State: a syntagmatic analysis of the Relación de Michoacán. MA thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida. Available online through the University of Florida Libraries.
Altars and Representations of Houses in Olmec Architecture, and their Role in the Negotiation of Rulership. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in New Orleans, LA, November 20.
Dissertation Fieldwork Grant awarded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in April 2005, for sourcing and dating of artifacts recovered during fieldwork at Erongarícuaro, Michoacán, Mexico, during the 2005 field season.
General Research Grant awarded in December, 2004 by the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI) for project “Investigating the Expansion and Consolidation of the Tarascan State: Proposal for Fieldwork at Erongarícuaro, Michoacán, Mexico,” summer of 2005.
Polly and Paul Doughty Research Award, Summer 2003, presented by the Department of Anthropology of the University of Florida.
Introductory Level Undergraduate Courses: Introduction to Archaeology, World Archaeology/Civilization, General Anthropology
Intermediate Undergraduate Courses: Mesoamerican Archaeology, Maya and Aztec Civilizations, New World Prehistory
Upper Level Undergraduate/Graduate Courses: Archaeological Theory, Anthropological Theory, Seminar on State Formation, Seminar on the Relation Between Archaeology and Ethnohistory (or a separate course on ethnohistory and the analysis of documentary evidence), and a Seminar on Materiality, Agency, and Archaeological Interpretation
American Anthropological Association. (2002 – present)
Society for American Archaeology. (2004 – present)