Dr. Adam T. Smith
Adam T. Smith is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University and Director of Graduate Studies for the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies. He is also a senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU. Smith holds a Ph.D. (1996) and M.A. (1993) from the University of Arizona's Department of Anthropology and an M.Phil. (1991) from the Social and Political Science Faculty at Cambridge University. He is the recipient of research awards from an array of public and private institutions including the National Science Foundation. Dr. Smith is a co-founder of the joint American-Armenian Project for the Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies (Project ArAGATS). His research is currently focused on the emergence of complex societies in the South Caucasus and the materiality of political authority more broadly. He is the author of a number of books including his most recent The Political Machine: Assembling Sovereignty in the Bronze Age Caucasus (Princeton University Press).