Stephen Acabado

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Department: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Department of Anthropology
370 Haines Hall
375 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1551
Tel: 310-825-9359
Keywords: Education Abroad, Southeast Asia, Philippines, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Cambodia

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.