Global Conference 2010
Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles
Charles Stanish is Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also a professor of anthropology. The author of several books, including Ancient Titicaca, Ritual and Pilgrimage in the Ancient Andes and Ancient Andean Political Economy, he specializes in the development of complex political and economic systems in the premodern world. Stanish has worked extensively in Peru, Bolivia and Chile, conducting archaeological research on the prehistoric societies of the region. His theoretical work focuses on the roles that trade, war and labor organization play in the evolution of human cooperation and complex societies. He also seeks to create sustainable development models to preserve global cultural heritage through a combination of micro-lending, direct community grants and tourist infrastructure development. Trained at the University of Chicago, Stanish is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.