Michael E. Smith
Michael E. Smith is Professor of Anthropology at Arizona State University. He is an archaeologist who has directed fieldwork projects at numerous Aztec sites in central Mexico, pioneering the excavation of houses and the study of daily life. He has published six books and numerous scholarly articles on the Aztecs; his books include Aztec City-State Capitals (2008), and the population textbook, The Aztecs (3rd edition, 2012). In addition to the study of the domestic realm, Smith’s research in Mexico has focused on Aztec cities and urbanism, imperialism, and economics. He also carries out interdisciplinary and comparative research on cities and urban life, from deep history to the present.