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Stephen Acabado

Assistant Professor
Department: Anthropology
341 Haines Hall
Tel: 310-825-2055
Fax: 310-206-7833
acabado@anthro.ucla.edu
Personal Website

Keywords: Archaeology, Cambodia, Cultural anthropology, Education Abroad, Philippines, Southeast Asia

I am an anthropological archaeologist interested in landscape and agricultural systems in Southeast Asia.  I received my PhD in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 2010 and was hired by the University of Guam as an assistant professor at the same year. In 2013 I joined the Department of Anthropology, University of California-Los Angeles.
 
My research focuses on  the relationships between Southeast Asian agricultural complexes, self-organization, and the landscape.   My investigations among the Ifugao of the northern Philippines integrates ethnography, ethnohistory, spatial analysis (through Geographic Information Systems), and archaeology. I am also engaged with the local community, through the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement (SITMo – a local grassroots NGO whose main objective is to preserve the rice terraces and help document Ifugao intangible heritage) in developing conservation plans for their upland rice terraces. My long-term research goals include documenting Southeast East Asian agricultural systems and contribute to intensification debates utilizing Southeast Asian production systems as case studies.