Dr. Rita Wright
Dr. Rita Wright is an anthropological archaeologist and a professor of anthropology at New York University. She received her B.A. at Wellesley College (1975), her M.A and PhD at Harvard University (1978 and 1984, respectively). She conducted her field research in South Asia and the Near East examining urbanism, state formation, gender relations, exchange networks and cultural heritage. Dr. Wright participated in excavations in Iran at Tal-l Malyan, ancient Anshan, Mehrgarh in Baluchistan, Pakistan, and the city of Harappa in Pakistan. She also conducts a survey of the northern areas of Afghanistan to identify archaeological sites involved in the trade of lapis lazuli and more recently copper and tin. Dr. Wright also examines secondary Mesopotamian sources for studies of gender relations and division of labor in the ancient past, and the significance of widespread contacts in developmental histories.