Charles S Stanish

Charles Stanish is the Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and professor of Anthropology at UCLA. Professor Stanish specializes in the development of complex political and economic systems in the pre-modern world. He has conducted extensive fieldwork throughout South America. His theoretical work focuses on the roles that trade, war, and ritualized labor play in the evolution of human cooperation. He holds the Lloyd Cotsen Chair at UCLA, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.