Steven B Kosiba
Steve Kosiba, (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2010) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He is an archaeologist and historical anthropologist whose research is concerned with the practices that constituted social authority and constructed political subjects in the ancient and early modern world, with particular focus on the Andes under the Inca and the Spanish Empires. He is currently conducting two research projects in the Inca capital of Cuzco, Peru. One project investigates the rites by which select Andean people became Inca warriors and elites at the sacred shrine of Huanacauri. The other examines the hidden economic practices by which forcibly resettled workers empowered themselves and their communities at the Inca and Spanish labor colony of Rumiqolqa. Kosiba is the author of multiple articles and book chapters pertaining to politics, environmental organization, and identity in ancient and early modern Cuzco. He has also written articles that address general political theories regarding how people constituted social value in the precapitalist world and how material things contributed to social action in both ancient and modern contexts. His research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Geographic Society, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, and the Brennan Foundation.