Parker VanValkenburgh

Parker VanValkenburgh
Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of Social Sciences & Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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Areas of Interest
Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome; Art and Architecture of Ancient Mesoamerica; Archaeology; Religious Studies


Parker VanValkenburgh is an archaeologist whose research focuses on landscapes, politics and environmental change in the Early Modern World – particularly, in late prehispanic and early colonial Peru. He received his Ph.D. in 2012 from Harvard University and previously held positions at the University of Vermont (Assistant Prof. of Anthropology, 2013-15) and Washington University in St. Louis (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry, 2012-13). Among other projects, is currently director of the Paisajes Arqueológicos de Chachapoyas (PACha) project, an investigation of long-term human-environment interaction in Peru's Chachapoyas region, grounded in the analysis of archaeological survey, archival research, remotely sensed datasets, and work with contemporary communities in the provinces of Luya, Chachapoyas, and Bongará, Amazonas (Peru). At Brown, he directs the Brown Digital Archaeology Laboratory (BDAL) and teaches courses on Geographic Information Systems and digital approaches in archaeology, the politics of space and landscape, historical anthropology, and the archaeology and anthropology of the Andean region. From 2008 to 2016, he directed the the impacts of Spanish colonial forced resettlement (reducción) on landscapes and political subjectivities in Peru’s North Coast region. Through the course of this research, he has become deeply invested in the use of digital-spatial technologies in archaeological research, particularly in the areas of low altitude aerial photography and digital photogrammetry, mobile GIS and geodatabase design.