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Michelle Hegmon

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Senior Sustainability Scientist, http://sustainability.asu.edu/

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Hegmon is on sabbatical AY 2017-2018

 

Research

Empirically, Michelle Hegmon’s research focuses on the archaeology of the US Southwest, particularly the Mimbres region of southwest New Mexico.  For many years she and Margaret Nelson co-directed the Eastern Mimbres Archaeological Project, and together they recently published Mimbres Lives and Landscapes (2010).    Their work together established that the occupation of the region continued even after the end of the spectacular pottery for which it is known (Hegmon et al. 1998; Nelson et al. 2006), a finding that has become a key example of reorganization in archaeological applications of resilience theory.  

Hegmon has a long-standing interest in social theory.  She  and is known for her theoretical work, including a review article in American Antiquity (2003) that defined the approach taken in North American archaeology as “Processual-plus,” meaning theoretically broad and methodologically rigorous study of subjects ranging from religion to subsistence.   Hegmon’s work often involves translating  complex theoretical concepts into dimensions and variables that can be assessed archaeologically.  For example, her 2008 article in American Antiquity shows that social rigidity – sometimes taking the form of a rigidity trap – is associated with particularly severe transformations fraught with human suffering.   

Her current work has three inter-related foci:

The Archaeology of the Human Experience (AHE) is an emerging paradigm developed by Hegmon and colleagues.  It develops ways of assessing human well being (or lack thereof) in the past archaeologists study, and investigating how the human experience affects and is affected by social transformations.  A volume entitled Archaeology of the Human Experience on the subject, edited by Hegmon, was published in 2016 by the American Anthropological Association.  AHE is also the basis of a volume on entitled The Give and Take of Sustainability: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives on Tradeoffs, just published (2017) by Cambridge University Press.

She was a co_PI of the NSF-funded Long-term Vulnerability and Transformation Project (LTVTP http://ltvtp.shesc.asu.edu/), which involved the comparative study of five long-term cases in the US Southwest and northern Mexico.   She continues work on the human experience of social transformations, comparing the LTVTP cases to several cases (including Greenland and Iceland) studied by the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization.

Hegmon leads a team establishing the Mimbres Pottery Image Digital Database (MimPIDD), which contains photos and data on almost all known Mimbres black-on-white pottery (10,000+ cases).  MimPIDD is now available through the Digital Archaeological Record  (http://core.tdar.org/project/377852). 

 

Teaching

Hegmon teaches a graduate seminar on the use of theory in archaeology as well as various courses on Southwest archaeology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

 

Major Recent Publications

(many availabale at http://asu.academia.edu/MichelleHegmon)

2017 (editor) The Give and Take of Sustainability: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives on Tradeoffs.

2016 (editor) The Archaeology of the Human Experience. Archaeologial Papers of the American Anthropological Association 27.

Hegmon, Michelle, James R. McGrath and Marit Munson

2017   The Potential and Pitfalls of Large Multi-Source Collections: Insights from the Analysis of Mimbres Gender Imagery. Advances in Archaeological Practice. 

Hegmon, Michelle, Jacob Freeman, Keith W. Kintigh, Margaret C. Nelson, Sarah Oas, Matthew A. Peeples, and Andrea Torvinen

2016    Marking and Making Difference: Representational Diversity in the US Southwest. American Antiquity 81:253-272.

Russell, Will G., and Michelle Hegmon

2015    Identifying Mimbres Artists: A Quantitative Approach.  Advances in Archaeological Practice 3(4):358-377.

Nelson, Margaret C., and Michelle Hegmon, editors (2010) Mimbres Lives and Landscapes. SAR Press, Santa Fe.

Hegmon, Michelle, compiler (2010)    The Archaeology of Tribal Social Formations: Selections from American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity, 1982-2006. Society for American Archaeology, Washington D.C.

M. Nelson, M. Hegmon, S. Kulow, M. Peeples, K. Kintigh, A. Kinzig (2011) Resisting Diversity: A Long-term Archaeological Study.  Ecology and Society 16(1): 25. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss1/art25/

 Anderies, J.M., and M. Hegmon (2011) Robustness and Resilience across Scales: Migration and Resource Degradation in the Prehistoric U.S. Southwest. Ecology and Society 16 (2): 22. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss2/art22/

Hegmon, M., Peeples, M., Kinzig, A., Kulow, S., Meegan, C. M. & Nelson, M. C. (2008). Social transformation and its human costs in the prehispanic U.S. Southwest. American Anthropologist 110:313-324. 

Hegmon, M. , editor (2008) The Archaeology of Regional Interaction: Religion, Warfare and Exchange in the American Southwest. University Press of Colorado, Boulder. Editor.  Paperback reissue of 2000 volume with minor edits. 

Hegmon, M. & Sunday Eiselt, B. (Eds.) (2005). Engaged anthropology: Research essays on North American archaeology, ethnobotany, and museology: Papers in honor of Richard I. Ford. Anthropological Papers. Ann Arbor: Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan.

Nelson, M.C., M. Hegmon, S. Kulow, and K.G. Schollmeyer (2006) Archaeological and Ecological Perspectives on Reorganization: A Case Study from the Mimbres Region of the U.S. Southwest. American Antiquity  71:403-432.

Hegmon, M. and S. Kulow (2005) Painting as Agency, Style as Structure: Analyses of Mimbres Pottery Designs from Southwest New Mexico.  Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 12: 313-334. 

 Hegmon, M. (2003)  Setting Theoretical Egos Aside: Issues and Theory in North American Archaeology. American Antiquity 68:213-243.

Hegmon, M. (2002) Recent Issues in the Archaeology of the Mimbres Region of the North American Southwest. Journal of Archaeological Research, 10:307-357.

Publications
  • Ben A. Nelson, Adrian S.Z. Chase, and Michelle Hegmon. Comparative Landscapes: Transformative Relocation in the American Southwest and Mesoamerica. The Resilience and Vulnerability of Ancient Landscapes: Transforming Maya Archaeology through IHOPE (2014).
  • Chase, Arlen F., Lisa J Lucero, Vernon L. Scarborough, Diane Z. Chase, Rafael Cobos, Nicholas P. Dunning, Scott L. Fedick, Vilma Fialko, Joel D. Gunn, Michelle Hegmon, Gyles Iannone, David L. Lentz, Rodrigo Liendo. Tropical Landscapes and the Ancient Maya: Diversity in Time and Space. The Resilience and Vulnerability of Ancient Landscapes: Transforming Maya Archaeology through IHOPE (2014).
  • Michelle Hegmon. Expressions in Black and White. Living the Ancient Southwest (2014).
  • Michelle Hegmon, 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, Orri Vésteinsson. The Human Experience of Social Change and Continuity: The Southwest and North Atlantic in "Interesting Times" ca. 1300. Climates of Change: The Shifting Environments of Archaeology (2014).
  • Michelle Hegmon. The Archaeology of the Human Experience. The SAA Archaeological Record (2013).
  • Bob Bolin, Michelle Hegmon, Lisa Meierotto, Abigail York. Double Exposure in the Sunbelt: The Sociospatial Distribution of Vulnerability in Phoenix, Arizona. Linking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change: A Framework for Urban Sustainability (2013).
  • Margaret C. Nelson, 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, Stephanie Kulow, Colleen A. Strawhacker, and Cathryn Meegan. Long-Term Vulnerability and Resilience: Three Examples from Archaeological Study in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. Surviving Sudden Environmental Change: Understanding Hazards, Mitigating Impacts, Avoiding Disasters (2012).
  • Anderies, M.J., and Michelle Hegmon. Robustness and Resilience across Scales: Migration and Resource Degradation in the Prehistoric U.S. Southwest. Ecology and Society (2011).
  • M. Nelson, M. Hegmon, S. Kulow, M. Peeples, K. Kintigh, A. Kinzig. Resisting Diversity: A Long-term Archaeological Study. Ecology and Society (2011).
  • Van der Leeuw, S., R. Costanza, S. Aulenbach, S. Brewer, M. Burek, S. Cornell, C. Crumley, J. A. Dearing, C. Downy, L. J. Graumlich, S. Heckbert, M. Hegmon, K. Hibbard, S. T. Jackson, I. Kubiszewski, P. Sinclair, S. Sörlin and W. Steffen. Toward an Integrated History to Guide the Future. Ecology and Society (2011).
  • Hegmon, Michelle. The Archaeology of Tribal Social Formations: Selections from American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity, 1982-2006. (2010).
  • Nelson, Margaret C., and Michelle Hegmon. Mimbres Lives and Landscapes. (2010).
  • Michelle Hegmon. Expressions in Black-on-White. Mimbres Lives and Landscapes (2010).
  • Michelle Hegmon. Mimbres Society: Another Way of Being. Mimbres Lives and Landscapes (2010).
  • Michelle Hegmon. The Archaeology of Tribal Social Formations: An Introduction. The Archaeology of Tribal Social Formations: Selections from American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity, 1982-2006 (2010).
  • Nelson, Margaret C., and Michelle Hegmon. Mimbres Lives and Landscapes. Mimbres Lives and Landscapes (2010).
  • Michelle Hegmon, Matthew 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 (2008).
  • Hegmon, Michelle. The Archaeology of Regional Interaction: Religion, Warfare and Exchange in the American Southwest. (2008).
  • Hegmon, Michelle. Structure and Agency in Southwest Archaeology. The Social Construction of Communities: Agency, Structure, and Identity in the Prehispanic Southwest (2008).
  • Hegmon, Michelle (first author) ,Nelson, Margaret C. In Sync, but Barely in Touch: Relations Between the Mimbres Region and the Hohokam Regional System. Hinterlands and Regional Dynamics in the Ancient Southwest (2007).
  • M Nelson, Michelle Hegmon, S Kulow, K Schollmeyer. Archaeological and Ecological Perspectives on Reorganization: A Case Study from the Mimbres Region of the U.S. Southwest. American Antiquity (2006).
  • Hegmon, Michelle,Brady, J A,Nelson, M C. Variability in Classic Mimbres Room Suites: Implications for Household Organization and Social Differences. Mimbres Society (2006).
  • Hegmon, Michelle,Nelson, M C,Diehl, M,Schollmeyer, K G,Elliott, M. Agriculture, Mobility, and Human Impact in the Mimbres Region of the Us Southwest. Managing Archaeological Data and Databases: Essays in Honor of Sylvia W. Gaines (2006).
  • Michelle Hegmon. No More Theory Wars: A Response to Moss. American Antiquity (2005).
  • Michelle Hegmon, Stephanie Kulow. Painting as Agency, Style as Structure: Analyses of Mimbres Pottery Designs from Southwest New Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2005).
  • Hegmon, Michelle, Sunday Eiselt, B. Engaged Anthropology: Research Essays on North American Archaeology, Ethnobotany, and Museology. (2005).
  • . . North American Archaeology (2005).
  • Eiselt, B Sunday (author) ,Hegmon, Michelle (author) . Forward. Engaged Anthropology: Research Essays on North American Archaeology, Ethnobotany, and Museology: Papers In Honor of Richard I. Ford (2005).
  • Hays-Gilpin, Kelley (Author) ,Hegmon, Michelle (Author) . The Art of Ethnobotany: Depictions of Maize and other Plants in the Prehispanic Southwest. Engaged Anthropology: Research Essays on North American Archaeology, Ethnobotany, and Museology: Papers in Honor of Richard I. Ford (2005).
  • Hegmon, Michelle (author) ,Eiselt, B. Sunday (author) . Conversations with an Engaged Anthropologist: An Interview with Richard I Ford. Engaged Anthropology: Research Essays on North American Archaeology, Ethnobotany, and Museology: Papers in Honor of Richard I Ford (2005).
  • Michelle Hegmon. Setting Theoretical Egos Aside: Issues and Theory in North American Archaeology. American Antiquity (2003).
  • Michelle Hegmon, Margaret Nelson, Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Stephanie Kulow. Eastern Mimbres Archaeological Project: Research and Reports from the 2001 and 2002 Field Seasons. Report (2003).
  • . . The Archaeology and Meaning of Mimbres (2003).
  • . The Archaeology and Meaning of Mimbres. (2003).
  • Michelle Hegmon. Recent Issues in the Archaeology of the Mimbres Region of the North American Southwest. Journal of Archaeological Research (2002).
  • . . Archaeology: The Widening Debate (2002).
  • . . Ceramic Production and Circulation in the Greater Southwest: Source Determination by INAA and Complementary Mineralogical Investigations (2002).
  • . . The Last Pueblo Communities of the Mesa Verde Region: Crow Canyon's Research at the Sand Canyon Locality (2002).
  • Margaret Nelson, Michelle Hegmon. Abandonment is not as it seems: An Approach to the Relationship Between Site-Level and Regional Abandonment. American Antiquity (2001).
  • Hegmon, Michelle (Author) . Technological Innovation in Social Context: The Development and Change of Pottery-Making Traditions. Eureka: The Archaeology and Science of Innovation (2001).
  • Lipe, William D. and Michelle Hegmon. The Architecture of Social Integration in Prehistoric Pueblos. (1989).
  • Hegmon, Michelle. Ceramics: Mimbres Pottery. Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures (0).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 335Ancient Ruins of the Southwest
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 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 560Theory and Archaeology
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 335Archaeology of the Southwest
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 335Archaeology of the Southwest
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 542Archlgy Small-Scale Societies
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 567Southwestern Archaeology
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Michelle Hegmon. Community Security and Its Consequences in the US Southwest. Conference at the Amerind Foundation, The Give and Take of Sustainability: Anthropological Perspecti (Apr 2014).
  • Michelle Hegmon, James McGrath, Michael O’Hara, and Will G. Russell. Mimbres Pottery Designs in Social Context. Annual Meetings of Society for American Archaeology, 79th (Apr 2014).
  • Margaret Nelson and Michelle Hegmon. Mimbres Continuity and Change. 79th Annual Meeting of Society for American Archaeology (Apr 2014).
  • Michelle Hegmon. discussion, symposium entitled ""Coupled Regions, Coupled Systems: Dynamics of Prehispanic Farming Societies in the Northern San Juan and Northern Rio Grande," organized by Timothy A. Kohler and Kelsey M. Reese. Society for American Archaeology meeting, 79th (Apr 2014).
Service
  • Society for American Archaeology Press, Associate Editor (2008 - Present)
  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Reserach Associate (1992 - Present)
  • PhD in Environmental Social Sciences, Interim Director (2005 - 2007)