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John Janusek

Associate Professor (Political ecology, urbanism, geosocial complexity, history of beer and brewing)

Dr. Janusek is an archaeological anthropologist interested in past cities and geosocial complexity in the South American Andes. His thematic and theoretical interests include political ecology, urbanism, space and landscape, ritual practices, materiality, and the global history of beer and brewing. He has worked in the Bolivian highlands since 1987, conducting research principally focused on Tiwanaku civilization and its formative precursors. He directed a large-scale research project at the sites of Khonkho Wankane and Iruhito in the southern Lake Titicaca Basin and currently co-directs a trans-disciplinary project in the Eastern Lake Titicaca basin and Andean valleys. 

Selected publications include: Out of Many, One (Latin American Antiquity, 2002); Tiwanaku and its Precursors (Journal of Archaeological Research, 2004); several chapters in Tiwanaku and its Hinterland Vol. II (Alan Kolata ed., Smithsonian Institution, 2003),; The Changing 'Nature' of Tiwanaku Religion (World Archaeology 38, 2006); Of Monoliths and Men (The Archaeology of Wak’as, University of Colorado Press, Tamara Bray ed., 2015); Telluric Technē and the Lithic Production of Tiwanaku (Making Value, Making Meaning, Cathy Costin ed., Dumbarton Oaks, 2015); Incipient Urbanism in the Early Andean center of Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia (Journal of Field Archaeology, 2015); and Assembling Tiwanaku: Water and Stone, Humans and Monoliths (New Materialisms, Ancient Urbanisms, Susan Alt and Timothy Pauketat, eds., 2019).

His books include Identity and Power in the Ancient Andes (Routledge, 2004) Ancient Tiwanaku (Cambridge, 2008), Khonkho Wankane: Archaeological Investigations in Jesus de Machaca, Bolivia (University of California, Berkeley, 2018), and as co-editor (with Steve Kosiba and Tom Cummins), the forthcoming Sacred Matter: Animacy and Authority in the Americas (Dumbarton Oaks Press, 2019). 


Political ecology, urbanism, geosocial complexity, history of beer and brewing