Stephen Houston's research interests include archaeology; kingship and court systems; body concepts in antiquity; writing systems; epigraphy and decipherment; architecture and urbanism; Classic Maya; South America; Europe. He is concluding excavations at the Classic Maya city of El Zotz, Guatemala, and has finished five seasons of work at the ruins of Piedras Negras, Guatemala.
Born 1958, in Chambersburg, PA, Houston was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, A.B. (1980, the University of Edinburgh (Exchange student), and Yale University (M.Phil., 1983, Ph. D., 1987). Prior to Brown, he served as Jesse Knight University Professor at Brigham Young University.