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Matthew Peeples

Assistant Professor
Faculty, Tempe Campus, Mailcode 2402
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

I am an assistant professor and archaeologist in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change at Arizona State University, research director for the ASU Center for Archaeology and Society, and a research associate with the non-profit preservation organization Archaeology Southwest in Tucson, Arizona. My research focuses on the formation of regional-scale social groups/boundaries, the organization of collective action, and the social dynamics of periods of rapid social transformation. Much of my work relies on theoretical models and methods from other comparative social science fields; in particular analytical sociology and social network analyses. I am interested in using such analytical/theoretical tools to develop stronger explanatory frameworks for understanding how and why societies emerge, transform, or dissolve. Further, by engaging with work in the broader social sciences, I hope to give archaeologists a seat at the table in important inter-disciplinary discussions on issues such as migration, social movements, and social diversity. This is important because archaeologists have access to information on a wider array of political and organizational settings than has typically been considered.

Personal Website

Southwest Social Networks Project website

Research Interests

Pre-contact archaeology in the North American Southwest (with an emphasis on the Zuni/Cibola and Mimbres regions); social network analysis; social identity and material culture; quantitative methods in archaeology; ceramic analysis; ceramic chemical characterization (NAA, XRF); analytical sociology

 

 

Publications

Journal Articles (* peer reviewed):

*2016  Peeples, Matthew A., Jeffery J. Clark, William H. Doelle, Andy Laurenzi, and Barbara J. Mills. The Big Picture: The National Historic Preservation Act and Regional Syntheses in the U.S. Southwest. Journal of Arizona Archaeology 4(1):1-9.

*2016  Spielmann, Katherine, Matthew A. Peeples, Donna M. Glowacki, and Andrew Dugmore. Early Warning Signals of Social Transformation: A Case Study from the US Southwest. PLoS One 11(10):e0163685.

*2016  Mills, Barbara J., Jeffery J. Clark, and Matthew A. Peeples. Migration, Skill, and the Transformation of Social Networks in the Prehispanic Southwest. Economic Anthropology 3:203-215.

*2016  Hegmon, Michelle, Jacob Freeman, Keith W. Kintigh, Margaret C. Nelson, Sarah Oas, Matthew A. Peeples, and Andrea Torvinen. Marking and Making Difference: Representational Diversity in the U.S. Southwest. American Antiquity 81(2).

*2016  Nelson, Margaret C., Scott E. Ingram, Andrew J. Dugmore, Richard Streeter, Matthew A. Peeples, Thomas H. McGovern, Michelle Hegmon, Jette Arneborg, Keith W. Kintigh, Seth Brewington, Katherine A. Spielmann, Ian A. Simpson, Colleen Strawhacker, Laura E.L. Comeau, Andrea Torvinen, Christian K. Madsen, George Hambrecht, and Konrad Smiarowski. Climate Challenges, Vulnerabilities, and Food Security. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(2):298-303.

*2015  Freeman, Jacob, Matthew A. Peeples, and John M. Anderies. Toward a Theory of Non-linear Transitions from Foraging to Farming. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 40:109-122.

*2015  Bernardini, Wesley and Matthew A. Peeples. Sight Communities: The Social Significance of Shared Visual Landmarks. American Antiquity 80(2):215-235.

*2015  Hill, J. Brett, Matthew A. Peeples, Deborah H. Huntley, H. Jane Carmack. Spatializing Social Network Analysis in the Precontact U.S. Southwest. Advances in Archaeological Practice 3(1):63-77.

*2015  Mills, Barbara J., Matthew A. Peeples, William R. Haas, Jr., Lewis Borck, Jeffery J. Clark, and John M. Roberts, Jr. Multiscalar Perspectives on Social Networks in the Late Prehispanic Southwest. American Antiquity 80(1):3-24.

*2015  Borck, Lewis, Barbara J. Mills, Matthew A. Peeples, and Jeffery J. Clark. Are Social Networks Survival Networks? An Example from the Late Prehispanic Southwest. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 22(1):33-57.

*2014  Ownby, Mary F., Deborah L. Huntley, and Matthew A. Peeples. A Combined Approach: Using NAA and Petrography to Examine Ceramic Production and Exchange in the American Southwest. Journal of Archaeological Science 52:152-162.

*2013  Laurenzi, Andrew, Matthew A. Peeples, and William H. Doelle. Cultural Resources Priority Area Planning in Sub-Mogollon Arizona and New Mexico. Advances in Archaeological Practice 1(2):61-76.

*2013  Peeples, Matthew A. and W. Randall Haas, Jr. Brokerage and Social Capital in the Prehispanic U.S. Southwest. American Anthropologist 115(2):232-246.

*2013  Peeples, Matthew A. and John M. Roberts, Jr. To Binarize or Not to Binarize: Relational Data and the Construction of Archaeological Networks. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(7):3001-3010.

*2013  Mills, Barbara J., Jeffery J. Clark, Matthew A. Peeples, W. R. Haas, Jr., John M. Roberts, Jr., J. Brett Hill, Deborah L. Huntley, Lewis Borck, Ronald L. Breiger, Aaron Clauset, M. Steven Shackley. The Transformation of Social Networks in the Late Pre-Hispanic U.S. Southwest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(15):5785-5790.

*2012  Peeples, Matthew A., and Gregson Schachner. Refining Correspondence Analysis-Based Ceramic Seriation of Regional Data Sets. Journal of Archaeological Science 39(8):2818-2827.

*2011  Nelson, Margaret C., Stephanie Kulow, Matthew A. Peeples, Michelle Hegmon, and Ann Kinzig. Resisting Diversity in Small Scale Societies: A Long-term Archaeological Study. Ecology and Society 16(1):article 25.

*2011  Spielmann, Katherine A., Margaret C. Nelson, Scott E. Ingram, and Matthew A. Peeples. Sustainable Small-Scale Agriculture in Semi-Arid Environments. Ecology and Society 16(1):article 26.

*2008  Hegmon, Michelle, Matthew A. Peeples, Ann Kinzig, Stephanie Kulow, Cathryn M. Meegan,

and Margaret C. Nelson. Social Transformation and its Human Costs in the Prehispanic U.S. Southwest. American Anthropologist 110(3):313-324.

*2008  Peeples, Matthew A. Creating Political Authority: The Role of the Antebellum Black Press in the Political Mobilization and Empowerment of African Americans. Journalism History 34(2):76-86.

*2006  Peeples, Matthew A., C. Michael Barton and Steven Schmich. Resilience Lost: Intersecting Landuse and Landscape Dynamics in the Prehistoric Southwestern U.S. Ecology and Society 11(2):article 22.

*2003  Peeples, Matthew A. An Analysis of Projectile Points from the Chytka Site (41JK66), Jackson County, Texas. La Tierra: Journal of the Southern Texas Archaeological Association 30(1):37-63.

2003    Peeples, Matthew A. Mano a Mano: Grinding Implements from Colha, Belize. Mono y Conejo: Journal of the Mesoamerican Archaeological Research Laboratory 1(1):31-35.

 

Book Chapters (* peer reviewed):

*2016  Hegmon, Michelle, Jerry B. Howard, Michael O’Hara, and Matthew A. Peeples. Path Dependence and the Long-term Trajectory of Prehistoric Hohokam Irrigation in Arizona. In The Archaeology of Entanglement: Entwinements and Entrapments of the Past, edited by Lindsay Der and Francesca Fernandini. Pp. 173-190. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA.

*2016  Peeples, Matthew A., Barbara J. Mills, W. R. Haas, Jr., Jeffery J. Clark, and John M. Roberts., Jr. Analytical Challenges for the Application of Social Network Analysis in Archaeology. In The Connected Past: Challenging Networks in Archaeology and History, edited by Tom Brughmans, Anna Collar, and Fiona Coward. pp. 59-84. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

*2015  Torvinen, Andrea L., Michelle Hegmon, Ann P. Kinzig, Margaret C. Nelson, Matthew A. Peeples, Karen G. Schollmeyer, Colleen Strawhacker, Laura Swantek. Transformation without Collapse: Two Cases from the American Southwest. In  Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization, and Reorganization in Complex Societies: Proceedings of the 29th Annual SIU Visiting Scholars Conference, edited by Ronald Faulseit, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

*2014  Hegmon, Michelle, Jette Arneborg, Andrew J. Dugmore, George Hambrecht, Scott Ingram, Keith Kintigh, Thomas H. McGovern, Margaret C. Nelson, Matthew A. Peeples, Ian Simpson, Katherine Spielmann, Richard Streeter, and Orri Vésteinsson. The Human Experience of Social Change and Continuity: The Southwest and the North Atlantic in Interesting Times ca. A.D. 1300. In Climates of Change: The Shifting Environments of Archaeology. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Chacmool Conference, edited by S. Lacey, C. Tremain, and M. Sawyer. pp. 53-67. University of Calgary.

*2014  Peeples, Matthew A. Population History of the Zuni Region across the Protohistoric Transition: Migration, Gene Flow, and Social Transformation. In Building Transnational Archaeologies, edited by Elisa Villalpando and Randall H. McGuire. pp. 93-109. Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series 209, Arizona State Museum and the University of Arizona.

2013    Nelson, Margaret C., Michelle Hegmon, Keith W. Kintigh, Ann P. Kinzig, Ben A. Nelson, John Marty Anderies, David A. Abbott, Katherine A. Spielmann, Scott E. Ingram, Matthew A. Peeples, Colleen A. Strawhacker, and Cathryn Meegan. "長期的脆弱性與恢復力: 美國西南部與墨西哥北部考古學研究 的實例" In 考古學與永續發展研究. Edited by 邱斯嘉 and 臧振華, pp. 93-117. 台北: 中央研究院人 文社會科學研究中心考古學研究專題中心. (Research Center for the Humanities and Social Science, Center for Archaeological Research: Taipei)

*2013  Mills, Barbara J., John M. Roberts Jr., Jeffery J. Clark, William R. Haas Jr., Deborah Huntley, Matthew A. Peeples, Lewis Borck, Susan C. Ryan, Meaghan Trowbridge, and Ronald L. Breiger. The Dynamics of Social Networks in the Late Prehistoric U.S. Southwest. In Network Analysis in Archaeology, edited by Carl Knappett, pp. 185-206. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

*2012  Schachner, Gregson, Dennis Gilpin, and Matthew A. Peeples. Alternative Trajectories during the Early Pueblo Period in the Little Colorado Drainage and Beyond. In Crucible of Pueblos: The Early Pueblo Period in the Northern Southwest, edited by Richard H. Wilshusen, Gregson Schachner, and James R. Allison, pp. 101-126. Monograph 71, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, Los Angeles.

*2012  Peeples, Matthew A., Gregson Schachner, and Edgar K. Huber. Rethinking Communities Across the Greater Zuni Region. In Southwestern Pithouse Communities: A.D. 200-900, edited by Sarah H. Herr and Lisa Young, pp. 168-182. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

*2012  Nelson, Margaret C., Michelle Hegmon, Keith W. Kintigh, Ann P. Kinzig, Ben A. Nelson, John Marty Anderies, David A. Abbott, Katherine A. Spielmann, Scott E. Ingram, Matthew A. Peeples, Colleen A. Strawhacker, and Cathryn Meegan. Long-Term Vulnerability and Resilience: Three Examples from Archaeological Study in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. In Surviving Sudden Environmental Change: Answers from Archaeology, edited by Jago Cooper and Payson Sheets, pp. 197-221. University Press of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

*2011  Spielmann, Katherine A., Margaret C. Nelson, Scott E. Ingram, and Matthew A. Peeples. Mitigating Environmental Risk in the U.S. Southwest. In Sustainable Lifeways: Cultural Persistence in an Ever-changing Environment, edited by Naomi F. Miller, Katherine M. Moore, and Kathleen Ryan, pp. 180-211. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia.

Research Activity

External Research Grants - PI/Co-PI:

2014    National Science Foundation, Archaeology Program, Senior Research Grant - $192,173
Regional Identities, Social Diversity, and Demographic Change along the Edge of the Cibola World
PI: Matthew Peeples, Co-PIs: Paul Reed (Archaeology Southwest) and Gregson Schachner (UCLA)

2014    Colorado Plateau, Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit (CESU) Research Award - $20,000
Ceramic Sourcing Study for El Malpais National Monument
PI: Paul Reed, Co-PI: Matthew Peeples

External Research Grants - Senior Project Personnel/Proposal Co-author:

 

2014    National Science Foundation, Archaeology Program, Collaborative Research Grant - $279,019
Exploring Adaptive Social Networks in the Face of Geographic Adversity
University of Arizona, School of Anthropology and Archaeology Southwest
PI: Barbara J. Mills and Jeffery J. Clark; Senior personnel and proposal co-author – Matthew Peeples

 

Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 568Intrasite Research Strategies
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 394Special Topics
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 335Ancient Ruins of the Southwest
ASB 394Special Topics
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards

2014  Society for American Archaeology Dissertation Award

Service
  • Archaeology Southwest, Research Associate (2015 - present)
  • President, Southwest Symposium Executive Board (2016-present)
  • Human Relations Area Files - ASU Representative and Executive Board member (2016-present)
  • SHESC Research Committee, member (2016-2017)
  • SHESC Communications Committee, member (2015 - 2016)
  • Center for Archaeology and Society, Research Director (2015 - 2016)
  • Southwest Symposium, Executive board member (2014 - 2016)