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Michael E. Smith

Professor and Director, Teotihuacan Research Laboratory
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
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Biography

Archaeologist, Arizona State University. Aztecs, Teotihuacan. Ancient & modern cities (planning, neighborhoods, scaling). Transdisciplinary, deeply historical, and occasionally musical.

 

AWARDS:

2017    Best book, popular category (Society for American Archaeology) for At Home with the Aztecs: An Archaeologist Uncovers their Dailyi Life).

2017    Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award. Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

2014    Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award (faculty category). Arizona State University, Office of the University Provost, Committee on Campus Inclusion.

2007    Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize for the “Best Scholarly Article on American Planning History” for paper, “Form and Meaning in the Earliest Cities: A New Approach to Ancient Urban Planning” (Society for American City and Regional Planning History).

Education:  Ph.D., 1983, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bio

Michael E. Smith is an archaeologist with two research themes: The Aztecs, Teotihuacan, and other societies in ancient central Mexico, and comparative urbanism. He has directed fieldwork projects at numerous sites in the provinces of the Aztec empire in central Mexico. His fieldwork focuses on 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 the award-winning At Home with the Aztecs (2016), the textbook, The Aztecs  (3rd edition, 2012), Aztec City-State Capitals (2008), and Rethinking the Aztec Economy (co-edited by Nichols, Berdan & Smith, 2017)..

Dr. Smith’s second major theme—comparative and transdisciplinary research on urbanism—has developed since his arrival at ASU in 2005. By analyzing ancient cities using concepts and methods from contemporary urban studies, Smith is exploring the similarities and differences among cities throughout history and around the world. Neighborhoods, the provision of urban services, and patterns of scaling regularities are among the few urban universals, and Smith is part of a transdisciplinary research groups addressing these topics, He also participates in an informal working group at ASU and the Santa Fe Institute to determine whether the regularities of urban scaling (worked out for contemporary cities) also apply to ancient cities. This project investigates cities and urbanism at the most fundamental level: the interactions of people in built environments. Smith also publishes on comparative empires, economies, and systems of social inequality.

Research Projects:

Teaching:
Dr. Smith's teaching focuses on Mesoamerican archaeology, comparative urbanism, and archaeological method and theory.

Publications:  See my publications on Academia.edu and a few recent papers on SocArxiv.   Some recent papers:

Cesaretti, Rudolf, Luís M. A. Bettencourt, Jose Lobo, Scott Ortman and Michael E. Smith  (2016)  Population-Area Relationship in Medieval European Cities. PLOS-One 11(10):e162678.
Huster, Angela C. and Michael E. Smith  (2015)  A New Archaeological Chronology for Calixtlahuaca, Toluca Valley, Mexico. Latin American Antiquity 26(1):3-25.
Isendahl, Christian and Michael E. Smith  (2013)  Sustainable Agrarian Urbanism: The Low-Density Cities of the Mayas and Aztecs. Cities 31:132-143.
Olson, Jan Marie and Michael E. Smith  (2016)  Material Expressions of Wealth and Social Class at Aztec-Period Sites in Morelos, Mexico. Ancient Mesoamerica 27(1):133-147.
Ortman, Scott G., Kaitlyn E. Davis, José Lobo, Michael E. Smith, Luis M.A. Bettencourt and Aaron Trumbo  (2016)  Settlement Scaling and Economic Change in the Central Andes. Journal of Archaeological Science 73:94-106.
Smith, Michael E.  (2016)  How Can Archaeologists Identify Early Cities: Definitions, Types, and Attributes. In Eurasia at the Dawn of History: Urbanization and Social Change, edited by Manuel Fernández-Götz and Dirk Krausse, pp. 153-168. Cambridge University Press, New York.
Smith, Michael E.  (2016)  Quality of Life and Prosperity in Ancient Households and Communities. In The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology (book in press), edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump. Oxford University Press, New York.
Smith, Michael E.  (2017)  Social Science and Archaeological Inquiry. Antiquity (in press).
Smith, Michael E., Barbara L. Stark, Wen-Ching Chuan, Timothy Dennehy, Sharon L. Harlan, April Kamp-Whittaker, Benjamin Stanley and Abigail York  (2016)  Comparative Methods for Premodern Cities: Coding for Governance and Class Mobility. Cross-Cultural Research 50(5):415-451.
Smith, Michael E., Jason Ur and Gary M. Feinman  (2014)  Jane Jacobs’s 'Cities-First' Model and Archaeological Reality. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38(4):1525-1535.
Stanley, Benjamin W., Timothy Dennehy, Michael E. Smith, Barbara L. Stark, Abigail York, George L. Cowgill, Juliana Novic and Gerald Ek  (2016)  Service Access in Premodern Cities: An Exploratory Comparison of Spatial Equity. Journal of Urban History 42(1):121-144Smith, Michael E., Gary M. Feinman, Robert D. Drennan, Timothy Earle, and Ian Morris
2012    Archaeology as a Social Science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109: 7617-7621.

Research Interests

Why did our Neolithic ancestors give up their lifestyles of relative freedom in order to live in crowded cities ruled by kings and elites? Why did Neolithic people who were used to relatively egalitarian village living assent to the social classes, inequality and poverty of early states and cities? This transition—called the Urban Revolution by archaeologists—was one of the most fundamental transformations in human history. Yet it remains one of the most poorly understood episodes of our past. I use four strategies to address these questions with my research:

  1. Reconstruct Aztec and Teotihuacan society.
  2. Focus on households and communities, not kings and elites.
  3. Analyze cities comparatively, from a transdisciplinary perspective.
  4. Use knowledge of the past to develop insights for the future.

Strategy 1: I study the Aztecs, the last rather than the earliest Mesoamerican urban society. I believe that archaeologists need to figure out what life was like in the early cities and states before we can address questions of their origin. I also do research at Teotihuacan.

Strategy 2:  My fieldwork emphasizes the study of houses and domestic conditions, not temples, palaces, and tombs. This “household archaeology” approach studies society from the bottom up, from the “ground level,” in order to avoid the biases that come from traditional emphases on kings and elites.

Strategy 3: I analyze cities (and other social institutions) in a comparative, transdisciplinary framework. All social historical research needs to be comparative in order to reach solid conclusions about conditions in the past; cities and societies are too complex to be understood by any single academic discipline.

Strategy 4: I am exploring ways to use knowledge from the past to develop insights for the future. The past as revealed by archaeology has lessons for us today, but these can only be discovered and applied if research is done in a rigorous fashion, with attention to social conditions today.

  • CLICK HERE for a non-technical introduction to strategies 1 and 2.
  • CLICK HERE for a non-technical introduction to strategies 3 and 4.

My lattest book is a general-audience introduciton to my research on Aztec households and communities:

At Home with the Aztecs: An Archaeologist Uncovers their Daily Life.

My publications on Academia.edu

Research Group

Service Access in Premodern Cities

The Social Reactors Project

Mesoamerican Archaeology Lab

Calixtlahuaca Archaeological Project.

Quantitative studies of ancient inequalilty

Publications

Stay tuned for a more up-to-date list. See my page on Academia.edu for a better list and downloads.

  • Cesaretti, Rudolf, Luís M. A. Bettencourt, Jose Lobo, Scott Ortman and Michael E. Smith  (2016)  Population-Area Relationship in Medieval European Cities. PLOS-One (in press).
  • Dennehy, Timothy, Benjamin W. Stanley and Michael E. Smith  (2016)  Social Inequality and Access to Services in Premodern Cities. In Archaeology of the Human Experience, edited by Michelle Hegmon, pp. 143-160. Archaeological Papers. vol. 27. American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Nichols, Deborah L., Frances F. Berdan and Michael E. Smith (editors)  (2017)  Rethinking the Aztec Economy. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
  • Olson, Jan Marie and Michael E. Smith  (2016)  Material Expressions of Wealth and Social Class at Aztec-Period Sites in Morelos, Mexico. Ancient Mesoamerica 27(1):133-147.
  • Ortman, Scott G., Kaitlyn E. Davis, José Lobo, Michael E. Smith, Luis M.A. Bettencourt and Aaron Trumbo  (2016)  Settlement Scaling and Economic Change in the Central Andes. Journal of Archaeological Science 73:94-106.
  • Smith, Michael E. (editor)  (2015)  Artefactos Domésticos de Casas Posclásicas en Cuexcomate y Capilco, Morelos. BAR International Series vol. 2696. Archaeopress, Oxford.
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2015)  The Aztec Empire. In Fiscal Regimes and the Political Economy of Premodern States, edited by Andrew Monson and Walter Scheidel, pp. 71-114. Cambridge University Press, New York.
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2015)  How can Archaeologists Make Better Arguments? The SAA Archaeological Record 15(4):18-23.
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2015)  Las bodegas de museos como fuente de información arqueológica: Las contribuciones de Felipe Solís Olguín. In Homenaje al maestro Felipe Solís Olguín, edited by Roberto García Moll and Rafael Fierro Padilla, pp. 355-367. Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico City.
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2015)  Mesoamerican State Formation in the Postclassic Period. In Expanding Webs of Exchange and Conquest, 500 CE - 1500 CE, edited by Benjamin Kedar and Merry Wiesner-Hanks, pp. 598-624. Cambridge History of the World. vol. 5. Cambridge University Press, New York.
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2015)  Sociedad y desarrollo económico. In Itinerario de Hernán Cortés, edited by Martín Almagro Gorbea and Cristina Esteras, pp. 65-70. Canal de Isabel II, Madrid.
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2015?)  Calixtlahuaca: Capital del Antiguo Matlatzinco. In Patrimonio Arqueológico de Toluca: Herencia Milenaria, edited by Fernando Guerrero Villagómez and Ana Luisa Elias Moreno, pp. 91-106 ??? 2nd ed. Estado de México, Toluca.
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2016)  At Home with the Aztecs: An Archaeologist Uncovers their Domestic Life. Routledge, New York.
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2016)  Aztec Urbanism: Cities and Towns. In Oxford Handbook of the Aztecs, edited by Deborah L. Nichols and Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría, pp. 201-217. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2016)  Quality of Life and Prosperity in Ancient Households and Communities. In The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology (book in press), edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2016)  Why I Dig Aztec Kitchen Trash: While Most Archaeologists Hunt for Pyramids and Palaces, I'm Fascinated by the Detritus of Ordinary Life. Zocalo Public Square (Jan 25, 2015).
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2017)  The Generative Role of Settlement Aggregation and Urbanization. In Coming Together: Comparative Approaches to Population Aggregation and Early Urbanization, edited by Attila Gyucha. State University of New York Press, Albany.
  • Smith, Michael E.  (2017)  The Generative Role of Settlement Aggregation and Urbanization. In Coming Together: Comparative Approaches to Population Aggregation and Early Urbanization, edited by Attila Gyucha. State University of New York Press, Albany.
  • Smith, Michael E., Timothy Dennehy, April Kamp-Whittaker, Benjamin Stanley, Barbara L. Stark and Abigail York  (2016)  Conceptual Approaches to Service Provision in Cities through the Ages. Urban Studies 53(8):1574-1590.
  • Smith, Michael E., Ashley Engquist, Cinthia Carvajal, Katrina Johnston, Amanda Young, Monica Algara, Yui Kuznetsov and Bridgette Gilliland  (2015)  Neighborhood Formation in Semi-Urban Settlements. Journal of Urbanism 8(2):173-198.
  • Smith, Michael E. and Frederic Hicks  (2016)  Inequality and Social Class. In Oxford Handbook of the Aztecs, edited by Deborah L. Nichols and Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría, pp. 425-436. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Smith, Michael E. and Clara Paz Bautista  (2015)  Las almenas en la ciudad antigua de Teotihuacan. Mexicon 37(5):118-125.
  • Smith, Michael E., Barbara L. Stark, Wen-Ching Chuan, Timothy Dennehy, Sharon L. Harlan, April Kamp-Whittaker, Benjamin Stanley and Abigail York  (2016)  Comparative Methods for Premodern Cities: Coding for Governance and Class Mobility. Cross-Cultural Research 51(online first).
  • Smith, Michael E., Jason Ur and Gary M. Feinman  (2014)  Jane Jacobs’s 'Cities-First' Model and Archaeological Reality. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38(4):1525-1535.
  • Stanley, Benjamin W., Timothy Dennehy, Michael E. Smith, Barbara L. Stark, Abigail York, George L. Cowgill, Juliana Novic and Gerald Ek  (2016)  Service Access in Premodern Cities: An Exploratory Comparison of Spatial Equity. Journal of Urban History 42(1):121-144.
  • Smith, Michael E. Do Publishing Trends Collide with the Grand Challenges for Archaeology?. The SAA Archaeological Record (2014).
  • Smith, Michael E. Peasant Mobility, Local Migration, and Premodern Urbanization. World Archaeology (2014).
  • Smith, Michael E. The Aztecs Paid Taxes, Not Tribute. Mexicon (2014).
  • Smith, Michale E. The Archaeology of Tezcatlipoca. Tezcatlipoca: Trickster and Supreme Deity (2014).
  • Isendahl, Christian Smith, Michael E. Sustainable Agrarian Urbanism: The Low-Density Cities of the Mayas and Aztecs. Cities (2013).
  • Smith, Michael E. Borejsza, Aleksander Huster, Angela Frederick, Charles Rodríguez, Isabel Heath-Smith, Cynthia. Excavations of Houses and Terraces at Calixtlahuaca, an Aztec-Period City in the Toluca Valley of central Mexico. Journal of Field Archaeology (2013).
  • Smith, Michael E. Feinman, Gary M. Drennan, Robert D. Earle, Timothy Morris, Ian. Archaeology as a Social Science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. The Role of Ancient Cities in Research on Contemporary Urbanization. UGEC Viewpoints (ASU School of Sustainability) (2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. The Aztecs. (2012).
  • Arnauld, Charlotte Manzanilla, Linda Smith, Michael E. The Neighborhood as a Social and Spatial Unit in Mesoamerican Cities. (2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies. (2012).
  • . . Review of: How Chiefs Became Kings (2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. Novic, Juliana. Neighborhoods and Districts in Ancient Mesoamerica. The Neighborhood as a Social and Spatial Unit in Mesoamerican Cities (2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. Sergheraert, Maelle. The Aztec Empire. The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology (2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. Almacenamiento prehispánico del Norte de México al Altiplano Central. Almacenamiento prehispánico del Norte de México al Altiplano Central (2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. El almacenamiento en la economía Azteca: una perspectiva comparativa. Almacenamiento prehispánico del Norte de México al Altiplano Central (2012).
  • Brian Tomaszewski, Michael Smith. The Political Geography of Ancient Matlatzinco: Polities, Territory, and Historical Change in the Postclassic Toluca Valley of Central Mexico. Journal of Historical Geography (2011).
  • Harris, Richard Smith, Michael E. The History in Urban Studies: A Comment. Journal of Urban Affairs (2011).
  • Smith, Michael E. Classic Maya Settlement Clusters as Urban Neighborhoods: A Comparative Perspective on Low-Density Urbanism. Journal de la Société des Américanistes (2011).
  • Smith, Michael E. Empirical Urban Theory for Archaeologists. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2011).
  • Smith, Michael E. Why Anthropology is too Narrow an Intellectual Context for Archaeology. Anthropologies (internet journal) (2011).
  • York, Abigail Michael E. Smith Benjamin Stanley Barbara L. Stark Juliana Novic Sharon L. Harlan George L. Cowgill Christopher Boone. Ethnic and Class-Based Clustering Through the Ages: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Urban Social Patterns. Urban Studies (2011).
  • . . Review of: The Art of Urbanism: How Mesoamerican Kingdoms Represented Themselves in Architecture and Imagery (2011).
  • Smith, Michael E. Las ciudades prehispánicas: Su traza y su dinámica social. Historial General del Estado de México (2011).
  • Smith, Michael E. Motecuhzoma II. Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, 2nd edition (2010).
  • Smith, Michael E. Trading Patterns: Ancient America. Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, 2nd edition (2010).
  • Smith, Michael E. Archaeology is Archaeology. Anthropology News (2010).
  • Smith, Michael E. Just How Useful is Archaeology for Scientists and Scholars in Other Disciplines?. SAA Archaeological Record (2010).
  • Smith, Michael E. Sprawl, Squatters, and Sustainable Cities: Can Archaeological Data Shed Light on Modern Urban Issues?. Cambridge Archaeological Journal (2010).
  • Smith, Michael E. The Archaeological Study of Neighborhoods and Districts in Ancient Cities. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology (2010).
  • Smith, Michael E. Ancient Cities. Encyclopedia of Urban Studies (2009).
  • Smith, Michael E. V. Gordon Childe. The Sage Encyclopedia of Urban Studies (2009).
  • Chase, Arlen F. Chase, Diane Z. Smith, Michael E. States and Empires in Ancient Mesoamerica. Ancient Mesoamerica (2009).
  • Smith, Michael E. How Comparative is Comparative Urban Geography?. Urban Geography (2009).
  • Smith, Michael E. V. Gordon Childe and the Urban Revolution. Town Planning Review (2009).
  • Smith, Michael E., Juliana Novic, Angela Huster, and Peter Kroefges. Reconocimiento superficial y mapeo en Calixtlahuaca. Expresión Antropológica (2009).
  • Wutich, Amber Smith, Michael E. Anthropologists Cheer Ostrom's Nobel. Anthropology News (2009).
  • . . Review of: After Monte Alban: Transformation and Negotiation in Oaxaca, Mexico (2009).
  • . . Review of: The Ancient City (2009).
  • Smith, Michael E. Aztec City Planning. Encyclopaedia of the History of Non-Western Science, Technology, and Medicine, revised Internet edition (2008).
  • Smith, Michael E. Exciting Archaeology in Atlanta. SAA Archaeological Record (2008).
  • Smith, Michael E, and Lisa Montiel. Figurillas cerámicas e interacción interregional en el Valle de Yautepec desde el período Formativo al Postclásico. Ideología política y sociedad en el periodo formativo: ensayos en homenaje al doctor David C. Grove (2008).
  • Smith, Michael E. Can we Read Cosmology in Ancient Maya City Plans?. Foundations of New World Cultural Astronomy: A Reader with Commentary (2008).
  • Smith, Michael E. Did the Maya Build Architectural Cosmograms?. Foundations of New World Cultural Astronomy: A Reader with Commentary (2008).
  • Smith, Michael E. La cerámica Postclásica de Morelos. La producción alfarera en el México antiguo, tomo 5 (2008).
  • J de Rojas, Michael Smith. El imperio de la triple alianza (Tenochtitlan, Texcoco y Tlacopan) en el siglo XXI. Revista Española de Antropología Americana (2007).
  • Michael Smith. Form and Meaning in the Earliest Cities A New Approach to Ancient Urban Planning. Journal of Planning History (2007).
  • Michael Smith, Adrian Burke, Timothy Hare, Michael Glascock. Sources of Imported Obsidian at Postclassic Sites in the Yautepec Valley Morelos A Characterization Study Using XRF and INAA. Latin American Antiquity (2007).
  • Michael Smith, Julia Novic, Peter Kroefges, Angela Huster. A New Map of the Aztec-Period City of Calixtlahuaca in Central Mexico. Antiquity (Project Gallery) (2007).
  • Carmack, Robert M,Masson, Marilyn A,Gasco, Janine,Smith, Michael E (Author) . Profiles of Late Postclassic Mesoamerican Peoples. The Legacy of Mesoamerica: History and Culture of a Native American Civilization (2007).
  • Gasco, Janine,Masson, Marilyn A.,Rosensweig, Robert M.,Smith, Michael E. Origins and Development of Mesoamerican Civilization. The Legacy of Mesoamerica: History and Culture of a Native American Civilization (2007).
  • Smith, Michael E. Tula and Chichen Itza: Are We Asking the Right Questions?. Twin Tollans: Chichén Itzá, Tula, and the Epiclassic-Early Postclassic Mesoamerican World (2007).
  • Smith, Michael E. 15 entries on individual Aztec sites and ethnic groups. Enciclopedia Italiana, New World volume (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E. 2 entries: Aztec culture; Tenochtitlan. Enciclopedia Italiana, New World volume (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E. 7 entries: Aztec military settlements; Aztec territorial organization; George C. Vaillant; Exchange systems in Mesoamerica; Mesoamerican transport methods; Containerse for transport of goods; Weights and measures. Enciclopedia Archeologica, vol. 1 (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E. Aztec City Planning. Encyclopaedia of the History of Non-Western Science, Technology, and Medicine, revised Internet edition (2006).
  • Michael Smith. How do Archaeologists Compare Early States? Book review essay on Bruce Trigger and Adam T. Smith. Reviews in Anthropology (2006).
  • Michael Smith. The Archaeology of Ancient State Economies. Iranian Journal of Archaeology and History (2006).
  • Michael Smith, Katharina Schreiber. New World States and Empires: Politics, Religion, and Urbanism. Journal of Archaeological Research (2006).
  • Michael Smith, Michael Lind. Xoo-Phase Ceramics from Oaxaca found at Calixtlahuaca in Central Mexico. Ancient Mesoamerica (2006).
  • Smith, Michael. Calixtlahuaca: Organización de un Centro Urbano Posclásico. Informe Técnico Parcial, Temporada de 2006. (2006).
  • Smith, Michael, Hare, Timothy, Montiel, Lisa. Patrones de asentamiento en el Valle de Yautepec, Morelos. (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E. La fundación de las ciudades en el mundo antiguo: revisión de conceptos. Nuevas ciudades, nuevas patrias: fundación y relocalización de ciudades en Mesoamérica y el Mediteráneo antiguo (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E. La fundación de los capitales de las ciudades-estado aztecas: la recreación ideológico de Tollan. Nuevas ciudades, nuevas patrias: fundación y relocalización de ciudades en Mesoamérica y el Meditteráneo antiguo (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . Foreword: Aztec Figurine Studies. The Post Classic Figurines of Central Mexico (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . La fundación de las ciudades en el mundo antiguo: revisión de conceptos. Fundación, refundación y Relocalización de las ciudades Maya (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . La fundación de los capitales de las ciudades-estado aztecas: la recreación ideológico de Tollan. Fundación, refundación y Relocalización de las ciudades Maya (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . The Founding of Cities in the Ancient World: Review of Concepts. Fundación, refundación y Relocalización de las ciudades Maya (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) ,Montiel, Lisa (Author) . ¿Hubo un imperio tolteca?. Revisando y revisualizando un momento crítico: Epiclásico y Postclásico desde diferentes áreas (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) ,Montiel, Lisa (Author) . Figurillas cerámicas e interacción interregional en el Valle de Yautepec desde el período Formativo al Postclásico. Festschrift for David C. Grove (2006).
  • Smith, Michael E. Motecuhzoma II. Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2005).
  • Smith, Michael E. Trading Patterns, Ancient American. Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2005).
  • Michael Smith. Aztec-Style Ceramic Figurines from Yautepec, Morelos. Mexicon (2005).
  • Michael Smith. City Size in Late Postclassic Mesoamerica. Journal of Urban History (2005).
  • Michael Smith. Did the Maya Build Architectural Cosmograms?. Latin American Antiquity (2005).
  • Michael Smith. Life in the Provinces of the Aztec Empire. Mysteries of the Ancient Ones (2005).
  • Michael Smith. Life in the Provinces of the Aztec Empire. Mysteries of the Ancient Ones: Special Edition of Scientific American, January, 2005 (2005).
  • Michael Smith, Katharina Schreiber. New World States and Empires: Economic and Social Organization. Journal of Archaeological Research (2005).
  • Michael Smith, Michael Lind. Oaxacan Xoo Phase Ceramics in Central Mexico. Ancient Mesoamerica (2005).
  • . The Aztecs: Empire Builders. (2005).
  • Frances Berdan, Michael Smith. El sistema mundial Mesoamericana postclásico. Relaciones (El Colegio de Michoacán) (2004).
  • Michael Smith. Los hogares de Morelos en el sistema mundial Mesoamericana postclásico. Relaciones (Colegio de Michoacán) (2004).
  • Michael Smith. The Archaeology of Ancient State Economies. Annual Review of Anthropology (2004).
  • . . Review of: Maya Palaces and Elite Residences: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2004).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . Everyday Life in Tenochtitlan. The Aztec Empire (2004).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . Nobles and Commoners. The Aztec Empire (2004).
  • Smith, Michael E. American Indian Economies: General Overview. The Ocford Encyclopedia of Economic History (2003).
  • Michael Smith. A Quarter-Century of Aztec Studies. Mexicon (2003).
  • Michael Smith. Can We Read Cosmology in Ancient Maya City Plans? Comment on Ashmore and Sabloff. Latin American Antiquity (2003).
  • Michael Smith. Comercio postclásico en la cerámica decorada: Malinalco, Toluca, Guerrero y Morelos. Arqueología (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia) (2003).
  • Michael Smith. Postclassic Urbanism at Calixtlahuaca: Reconstructing the Unpublished Excavations of José García Payón. Report posted on the website of: Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies (2003).
  • Michael Smith. What Did Mesoamerican Commoners Think About "Pre-Sunrise Things?": Comment on Hamann. Current Anthropology (2003).
  • Michael Smith, Jennifer Wharton. Aztec-Style Pitcher from a Late Postclassic Burial Offering in Morelos. Mexicon (2003).
  • Michael Smith, Jennifer Wharton, Melissa McCarron. Las ofrendas de Calixtlahuaca. Expresión Antropológica (2003).
  • . . Review of: Feasts: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives on Food, Politics, and Power (2003).
  • . . Review of: Teotihuacan: cerámica, cronología y tendencias culturales / Ceramics, Chronology and Cultural Trends (2003).
  • Henderson, John (Author) ,Smith, Michael E (Author) . Archaeology: Mesoamerica. Handbook of Latin American Studies, vol 59, Social Sciences (2003).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . . The Postclassic Mesoamerican World (2003).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) ,Wharton, Jennifer (Author) ,Marie Olson, Jan (Author) . Aztec Feasts, Rituals, and Markets: Political Uses of Ceramic Vessels in a Commercial Economy. The Archaeology and Politics of Food and Feasting in Early States and Empires (2003).
  • . . Review of: The Tenochca Empire of Central Mexico (2002).
  • . . Review of: Time, History, and Belief in Aztec and Colonial Mexico (2002).
  • . . (2002).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . Domestic Ritual at Aztec Provincial Sites in Morelos. Domestic Ritual in Ancient Mesoamerica (2002).
  • Smith, Michael E. Cuauhnahuac and Teopanzolco. The Archaeology of Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia (2001).
  • Smith, Michael E. Mesoamerican Chronology: Postclassic Period. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (2001).
  • Smith, Michael E. Mixteca-Puebla Style. The Archaeology of Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia (2001).
  • Smith, Michael E. Postclassic Period. The Archaeology of Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia (2001).
  • Smith, Michael E. Trade and Exchange. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (2001).
  • Smith, Michael E. Urbanization. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (2001).
  • Smith, Michael E. Vaillant, George Clapp. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (2001).
  • Smith, Michael E. Yautepec. The Archaeology of Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia (2001).
  • Smith, Michael E, Hirth, Kenneth G. Morelos. The Archaeology of Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia (2001).
  • Christina Elson, Michael Smith. Archaeological Evidence for the Aztec New Fire Ceremony. Ancient Mesoamerica (2001).
  • Michael Smith. Postclassic Ceramics from the Toluca Valley in US Museums: The Bauer and Blake collections. Mexicon (2001).
  • Michael Smith, Lisa Montiel. The Archaeological Study of Empires and Imperialism in Prehispanic Central Mexico. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology (2001).
  • . . Review of: City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and The Role of Violence in Civilization (2001).
  • . . Review of: Function and Meaning in Classic Maya Architecture (2001).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . Life in the Provinces of the Aztec Empire. Annual Editions, Archaeology (2001).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . The Aztec Empire and the Mesoamerican World System. Empires: Comparative Perspectives from Archaeology and History (2001).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . The Aztec World of Gary Jennings. Novel History: American History According to the Novelists (2001).
  • Michael Smith. Archaeology Book Nominations Needed. Anthropology News (2000).
  • Michael Smith, Frances Berdan. The Postclassic Mesoamerican World System. Current Anthropology (2000).
  • . . Review of: Ancient Oaxaca (2000).
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  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . Aztec City-States. A Comparative Study of Thirty City-State Cultures (2000).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . Postclassic Developments at Xochicalco. Archaeological Research at Xochicalco vol. 2, The Xochicalco Mapping Project (2000).
  • Smith, Michael E (Author) . Working Together: Archaeology in the Middle of Political Conflict in Yautepec, Mexico. Working Together: Native Americans and Archaeologists (2000).
Research Activity
  • Smith,Michael E*. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Regional Interaction as World-System Inc. NSF-SBE(2/1/2015 - 1/31/2016).
  • Smith,Michael E*, Boone,Christopher G, Boone,Christopher G, Harlan,Sharon, York,Abigail. Service Access in Premodern Cities. NSF-ENG-BCS(6/15/2013 - 5/31/2016).
  • Smith,Michael E*. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Effects of Aztec Conquest on Provincial Commoner Households at Calixtlahuaca Mexico. NSF-ENG-BCS(2/15/2012 - 1/31/2014).
  • Smith,Michael E*. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Neighborhood Dynamics at Calixtlhuaca Mexico student: Juliana Novic. NSF-SBE(11/15/2011 - 10/31/2013).
  • Smith,Michael E*. The Urban Economy of Aztec-Period Calixtlahuaca Mexico. NSF-SBE(9/1/2009 - 9/30/2015).
  • Smith,Michael E*. Urbanization and Empire at the Aztec-period city of Calixtlahuaca (Toluca Valley, Mexico). NSF-SBE(7/1/2006 - 6/30/2009).
  • Smith,Michael E*. Curation of Archaeological Materials from Morelos, Mexico, Stage 1. NSF-SBE(3/15/2006 - 2/28/2007).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 490Earliest Cities
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
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 595Continuing Registration
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 223Aztecs, Incas and Mayas
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 795Continuing Registration
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 579Proposal Writing
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
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 595Continuing Registration
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 223Aztecs, Incas and Mayas
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 490Earliest Cities
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
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
ASB 595Continuing Registration
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 223Aztecs, Incas and Mayas
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
ASM 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 497Honors Colloquium
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 560Theory and Archaeology
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 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 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 490Earliest Cities
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
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
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
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
Presentations
  • Smith, Michael E. Urbanization and Village Nucleation: Causes and Consequences of Moving into Town. Society for American Archaeology, Annual Conference (Apr 2014).
  • Smith, Michael E. Population, diversity, and function in early urbanism: A comparative perspective. Paper presented at a conference on Iron Age urbanization (Stuttgart, Germany) (Feb 2014).
  • Smith, Michael E. Cities through the Ages: One Thing or Many?. Public lecture, Santa Fe Institute (Santa Fe, NM) (Jul 2013).
  • Smith, Michael E. A Review of Archaeological Fieldwork at Calixtlahuaca. 2013 Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology (Apr 2013).
  • Denney, Timothy; Stanley, Benjamin; Smith, Michael E.;. Measuring Inequality in Premodern cities: Spatial and Built Environment Measures. 2013 Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology (Apr 2013).
  • Smith, Michael E. When Small was Beautiful: The Ancient History of Resilient Practices. Earth Day Lecture, Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) (Mar 2013).
  • Smith, Michael E. Are Ancient Cities Relevant to Contemporary Urbanization? Archaeology and Comparative Urbanism. UCLA, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, lecure series (Jan 2013).
  • Smith, Michael E. Aztec Households and Communities: Archaeology of A Sustainable Way of Life. Maya Society of Minnesota fall colloquium (Sep 2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. The Contemporary Relevance of Archaeological Data. Maya Society of Minnesota, Saturday workshop (Sep 2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. Are Ancient Cities Relevant to Contemporary Urrbanization? Archaeology and Comparative Urbanism. University of Toronto, Department of Anthropology, Lecture series (Sep 2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. Archaeological Measure of the Quality of Life. University of Toronto, Archaeology Center, Colloquium series (Sep 2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. Aztec Households and Communities: Archaeology of A Sustainable Way of Life. Amerind Foundation Lecture Series (Apr 2012).
  • Smith, Michael E. Can Archaeological Blogs be Used for Serious Scholarship?. Society for American Archaeology, Annual Meeting (May 2011).
  • Smith, Michael E. La vida urbana en las ciudades antiguas de Mesoamérica. II Congreso Nacional de Estudiantes de Arqueología (Jul 2010).
  • Smith, Michael E. Xochicalco and Calixtlahuaca as Mesoamerican Hilltop Political Capitals. Society for American Archaeology, annual conference (Apr 2010).
  • Smith, Michael E. Are Ancient Cities Relevant for Understanding Modern Urbanism?. Stanford University, Dept. of Anthropology (Oct 2008).
  • Smith, Michael E. The Built Environment of Early Cities: Institution and Social Contexts. Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity (Oct 2008).
  • Smtih, Michael E. Architecture, Power, and Kingship at Aztec Cities Outside Tenochtitlan. Precolumbian Society of Washington, Conference (Sep 2008).
  • Smith, Michael E. Ancient Cities: Do They Hold Lessons for the Modern World?. Society for American Archaeology, Annual Meeting (Apr 2008).
  • Smith, Michael. Planning and Spatial Organization of Aztec City-State Capitals. Society for American Archaeology, Annual Meeting (Apr 2006).
  • Smith, Michael. La fundación de los capitales de las ciudades-estado aztecas: la recreación ideológico de Tollan. VII Mesa Redonda de la Sociedad Española de Estudios Mayas (Sep 2005).
  • Smith, Michael. Definitions of Urbanism and the Analysis of Ancient Social Complexity. Complex Societies Group Conference (Sep 2005).
  • Smith, Michael. Art and Daily Life in Aztec Central Mexico. The Arts in the Aztec Empire (Oct 2004).
  • Smith, Michael. The Archaeological Study of Ancient Commercial Exchange. Society for American Archaeology (Apr 2004).
  • Smith, Michael, Wharton, Jennifer. Postclassic Funerary Ceramics of the Toluca Valley, Central Mexico. Society for American Archaeology (Apr 2003).
  • Smith, Michael. ¿Tenías los aztecas una sistema de almacenaje de gran escala? Una perspectiva comparativa. CEMCA conference on storage
  • Smith, Michael. Four Ways to Look at Ancient Cities.
  • Smith, Michael. Graneros y el almacenamiento de granos en el Morelos postclásico. CEMCA conference on storage
  • Smith, Michael. Ancient Cities of the World.
  • Smith, Michael. Aztec Cities and the Mesoamerican Urban Tradition. Archaeological Institute of America, Arizona Chapter
  • Smith, Michael. Excavations at Aztec Sites in Central Mexico.
  • Smith, Michael. Planning and Spatial Organization of Aztec City-State Capitals. Society for American Archaeology
  • Smith, Michael. Archaeological Analysis of Ancient Urbanism: The Calixtlahuaca Archaeological Project. Invited Lecture
  • Smith, Michael. El Proyecto Arqueológico Calixtlahuaca. Public lecture
  • Smith, Michael. El Proyecto Arqueológico Calixtlahuaca. Lecture in the series, “Arqueología e Etnohistoria de Mesoamérica"
  • Smith, Michael. Las ciudades y el Urbanismo en el México Prehispánico. Invited lecture
  • Smith, Michael. Material Culture of the Aztec Empire in Central Mexico: Local, Regional, and Global Patterns. Sackler Symposium, “The Aztec Empire: Iconographies and Ideologies of Power"
  • Smith, Michael. Spatial Organization of the Postclassic Central Mexican City of Calixtlahuaca. Society for American Archaeology
  • Smith, Michael. Urbanization in Aztec central Mexico: Recent household excavations at Calixtlahuaca. Invited Lecture
  • Smith, Michael. La arqueología y la sociedad del postclásico en los valle de Cuernavaca y Toluca.
  • Smith, Michael. Mexican Archaeology: The Past Instructs the Future. Albany Area Ecumenical Mission Event
  • Olson, Jan, Smith, Michael. After the Feast is Over: Culinary Remains at Aztec Archaeological Sites. Society for American Archaeology
  • Smith, Michael. Rural and Urban in Aztec Central Mexico.
  • Smith, Michael. The Aztec Empire and the Mesoamerican World System. Anthropology lecture series
  • Smith, Michael. Urban Patterns in Postclassic Mesoamerica. Society for American Archaeology
  • Smith, Michael, Wharton, Jennifer. Material Culture in the Aztec Codices. Northeast Mesoamerican Epigraphy Workshop
  • Smith, Michael. Cities of Aztec Mexico. New Jersey Teacher's Education Program
  • Smith, Michael. Keeping up With the Aztecs Next Door: Why Did People Want so much Polychrome Pottery in Late Postclassic central Mexico?. Mesoamerican Slide Evening
  • Smith, Michael. La Arqueología y el Urbanismo Antiguo. El Colegio Mexiquense.
  • Smith, Michael. Aztec City Planning.
Service
  • Neighborhoods Connect, Phoenix, Member (2014 - Present)
  • Arizona Archaeological Society, Invited public lecture (2013 - Present)
  • National Science Foundation, Interdisciplinary Social & Behavioral Sciences (IBSS) panel, Panel member (2013 - Present)
  • Shanghai Archaeological Forum, Corresponding member of the Advisory Committee (2013 - Present)
  • Arizona Science Center, Adult's Night Out program, Invited speaker (2011 - Present)
  • Pueblo Grande Auxiliary, Invited lecture (2011 - Present)
  • Sociedad Cultural Yautepec (Yautepec, Mexico), Invited public lecture (2010 - Present)
  • Science Cafe series, Arizona Science Center, Invited lecture (2010 - Present)
  • Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Consultation with students and faculty on professional issues (2009 - Present)
  • Book series: "The Early Americas: Studies in History and Culture", Member, Editorial Board (2007 - 2015)
  • Arizona State University, Expert and consultant for high school research projects (2005 - Present)
  • Book Series: "Ancient Cities of the New World", Series Co-Editor (2005 - Present)
  • Ancient Mesoamerica, Member, Editorial Board (1990 - Present)
  • SHESC, Graduate Program, Director (2014 - 2017)
  • Archaeology Planning Committee, Member (2012 - 2013)