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J. Daniel Rogers


Division: Archaeology

Area of Specialization:
North American and Central Asian Archaeology

Fax:  202-357-2208
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Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Chicago (1987)
M.A. in Anthropology, University of Oklahoma (1982)
B.A. in Anthropology, minor in Zoology, University of Oklahoma (1976)

Research Interests/Profile:

Analysis of social change using ethnohistorical, archaeological, and computational methodologies; the social and community role of museums; theories of meaning and the role of the individual; analysis of human interactions with the environment; the rise of states and empires; Inner Asian history and archaeology; analysis of culture contact in the North America Great Plains, the Caribbean, and Central Mexico; technical analysis of ceramics; agent-based computational simulations.

Recent Publications:

Rogers, J. Daniel 2012. Inner Asian States and Empires: Theories and Synthesis. Journal of Archaeological Research 20:205-256. doi:10.1007/s10814-011-9053-2.

Rogers, J. Daniel, Teresa Nichols, Theresa Emmerich, Maciek Latek, and Claudio Cioffi-Revilla 2012. Modeling Scale and Variability in Human-Environmental Interactions in Inner Asia. Ecological Modelling 241:5-14. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.11.025.

Sievert, April K. and J. Daniel Rogers 2011. Artifacts from the Craig Mound at Spiro, Oklahoma, with a contribution by Javier Urcid. Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology 49, Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington, DC.

Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio, J. Daniel Rogers, Steven P. Wilcox, and Jai Alterman 2011. Computing the Steppes: Data Analysis for Agent-Based Models of Polities in Inner Asia. In Xiongnu Archaeology: Multidisciplinary Perspectives of the First Steppe Empire in Inner Asia, edited by Ursula Brosseder, and Bryan Miller, pp. 97-110. Bonn University Press, Bonn, Germany.

Rogers, J. Daniel 2007. The Contingencies of State Formation in Eastern Inner Asia. Asian Perspectives 46(2): 249-274.

Rogers, J. Daniel, Erdenebat Ulambayar, and Mathew Gallon 2005.  Urban Centres and the Emergence of Empires in Eastern Inner Asia. Antiquity 79:801-818.

Redman, Charles L., Paul Fish, Steven James, and J. Daniel Rogers (editors) 2004. The Archaeology of Global Change: The Impact of Humans on Their Environment. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC.

Rogers, J. Daniel 2004.  Archaeology and the Interpretation of Colonial Encounters. In The Archaeology of Colonies, edited by Gil Stein.  School of American Research Press, Santa Fe.

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