Miriam T. Stark

Professor Miriam Stark (PhD, University of Arizona 1993) specializes in Southeast Asian archaeology. She has directed field-based archaeological projects in Cambodia since 1996 in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (the Lower Mekong Archaeological Project: 1996-2009) and with APSARA Authority (Greater Angkor Project: 2010-present). One of the world’s few academically-based Southeast Asian archaeologists beyond the region, Dr. Stark’s research interests center on early state formation and political economy. Her fieldwork uses both excavation and field survey, and her technical focus lies in ceramics. Professor Stark has published widely on her Cambodian research, on her previous doctoral research in the Philippines, on her ceramic-based studies in the North American Southwest, and on the sociology of archaeology. She has published several edited books and special journal issues; she served as journal editor for Asian Perspectives from 2000 – 2006; and she is the Archaeology Editor for American Anthropologist (2012 – 2016). She serves on advisory boards for two Cambodia-focused heritage non-profit organizations (Heritage Watch, Friends of Khmer Culture, Inc.) and on the Cultural Advisory Committee for the Archaeological Institute of America.