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Michelle Hegmon
Ph.D., Michigan 1990
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

SHESC Themes: Societies and Their Natural Environments

Field specializations: agency, archaeology, gender, material culture

Regional focus: North America (Southwest)


About Research
In the broadest sense Michelle Hegmon is interested in the human social realm in the context of the larger world as a whole. From this perspective, she is involved in the development of new transdisciplinary research projects that draw together natural scientists and archaeologists to investigate long term socio-environmental processes. She teaches a graduate seminar on the archaeology of the social realm, and also teaches the graduate core course 'Method and Theory I.'

More specifically, her work involves social and feminist theory, archaeological approaches to gender, focus on middle range societies and an emphasis on ethnographic comparisons. Methodologically her work often involves ceramics, as well as analyses of architecture and material culture in general. Hegmon has done most of her research in the American Southwest, and since 1993 has been collaborating with Margaret Nelson on the Eastern Mimbres Archaeological Project, which is studying processes of land use, interaction, and regional reorganization in the Classic and Postclassic Mimbres periods (ca. 1000-1450) in southwest New Mexico.

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

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

M. Hegmon (2000)
The Archaeology of Regional Interaction: Religion, Warfare and Exchange in the American Southwest. University Press of Colorado, Boulder. Editor

M. Hegmon, S.G. Ortman, and J.L. Mobley-Tanaka (2000)
Women, Men, and the Organization of Space. In Women & Men in the Prehispanic Southwest: Labor, Power, & Prestige, ed. P.L. Crown, pp. 43-90. School of American Research Press, Santa Fe. (M. Hegmon, S.G. Ortman, and J.L. Mobley-Tanaka).

M. Hegmon, M.C. Nelson, and S.M. Ruth (1998)
Mimbres Abandonment and Regional Reorganization. American Anthropologist 100:1-15. (M. Hegmon, M.C. Nelson, and S.M. Ruth).

M. Hegmon, J.R. Allison, H. Neff, and M.D. Glascock (1997)
The Production of San Juan Red Ware in the Northern Southwest: Insights into Regional Interaction in Early Puebloan Prehistory. American Antiquity 62:449-463. (M. Hegmon, J.R. Allison, H. Neff, and M.D. Glascock).

M. Hegmon and W.R. Trevathan (1996)
Gender, Anatomical Knowledge, and Pottery Production: Implications of an Anatomically Unusual Birth Depicted on Mimbres Pottery from Southwestern New Mexico. American Antiquity 61: 747-754 (M. Hegmon and W.R. Trevathan).

M. Hegmon (1995)
The Social Dynamics of Pottery Style in the Early Puebloan Southwest. Occasional Papers 5, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, Colorado.

M. Hegmon (1992)
Archaeological Research on Style. Annual Review of Anthropology, 21:517-36.

M. Hegmon (1989)
The Architecture of Social Integration in Prehistoric Pueblos. Occasional Papers, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, Colorado. Edited (W.D. Lipe and M. Hegmon).

M. Hegmon (1989)
Risk Reduction and Variation in Agricultural Economies: A Computer Simulation of Hopi Agriculture. Research in Economic Anthropology 11:89-121. JAI Press, Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Contact: Michelle Hegmon