Monica L. Smith


Professor, Department of Anthropology
Department: Anthropology, Archaeology
UCLA Department of Anthropology
Address2: 304 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1553
Campus Mail Code: 155303
Phone: 310-794-9179
Fax: 310-206-7833
Email: smith@anthro.ucla.edu
Personal Website

Keywords: Asia, India, Archaeology


Ph.D., Michigan 1997 Research Interests Urbanism, economic networks, consumption and material culture, comparative historical archaeology; South Asia, Mediterranean, Southwestern U.S.

Selected Publications

2008 (with Rabindra Kumar Mohanty) Excavations at Sisupalgarh, Orissa.
2008 Urban empty spaces: Contentious places for consensus building Archaeological Dialogues  15(2):216-231.
2007 Inconspicuous consumption: Non-display goods and identity formation Journal of Archaeological Method  and Theory 14:412-438.
2007 Territories, corridors and networks: A biological model for the premodern state Complexity 12(4):28-35
2006 The archaeology of food preference American Anthropologist 108(3):480-493, 2006 The archaeology of South Asian cities Journal of Archaeological Research, 14(2):97-142.
2006 How ancient agriculturalists managed yield fluctuations through crop selection and reliance on wild plants: an example from Central India Economic Botany 60(1):39-48.
2005 Networks, territories and the cartography of ancient states Annals of the Association of American Geographers 95(4):832-849, 2004 (with Jaharul Haque and Nilka Dabare) Excavations at the Buddhist Monastic Site of Bhasu Vihara, Bangladesh. Antiquity 78 (available at http://antiquity.ac.uk/ProjGall/smith/index.html).
2004 (with Jaharul Haque and Nilka Dabare) Excavations at the Buddhist Monastic Site of Bhasu Vihara, Bangladesh. Antiquity 78 (available at http://antiquity.ac.uk/ProjGall/smith/index.html).

2003 (editor) The Social Construction of Ancient Cities, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C.2003 (editor) The Social Construction of Ancient Cities.
2002 Systematic survey at the Early Historic urban site of Sisupalgarh, Orissa. In Archaeology of Eastern India: New Perspectives, edited by Gautam Sengupta and Sheena Panja, pp. 109-125. Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training, East India, Kolkata.
2002 The role of local trade networks in the Indian subcontinent during the Early Historic period. Man and Environment 27(1):139-151.
2002 The Historic Period at Bandelier National Monument. National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Santa Fe, New Mexico.2001 The Archaeology of an Early Historic Town in Central India
2001 The archaeological hinterlands of Mahasthangarh: Observations and potential for future research. In France-Bangladesh Joint Venture Excavations at Mahasthangarh First Interim Report 1993-1999, edited by Md. Shafiqul Alam and Jean-François Salles.
2001 The Archaeology of an Early Historic Town in Central India. British Archaeological Reports, Oxford. 2001 The archaeological hinterlands of Mahasthangarh: Observations and potential for future research. In France-Bangladesh Joint Venture Excavations at Mahasthangarh First Interim Report 1993-1999, edited by Md. Shafiqul Alam and Jean-Franis Salles, pp. 61-73. Department of Archaeology, Bangladesh.

Grants American Institute of Indian Studies (2002)American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (1997) National Science Foundation (1999) National Geographic Society (1999) Wenner Gren Foundation (1994, 1999) Awards Faculty Career Development Award, UCLA (2004) UCIS Faculty Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh (2002) Regents' Fellowship, University of Michigan (1991-1994) Phi Beta Kappa Grad Students New to the UCLA faculty, I am actively recruiting graduate students interested in the archaeology of South Asia, comparative historical archaeology, and the study of urbanism using archaeological data.