Category Archives: Sovereignty and the Political

The Fate of Walls

From a recent op-ed: For five millennia, politicians have proposed walls like Trump’s. They don’t work.  From The Washington Post, Sunday July 29, 2016. The opening: Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico to … Read more »

Why social sciences are just as important as STEM disciplines – The Washington Post

Lance Collins provides an articulate defense of the social sciences as seen from an engineer’s perspective in this Washington Post op-ed: Why social sciences are just as important as STEM disciplines – The Washington Post.

We will remember!

A version of the following op-ed appeared yesterday in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank section of the Washington Wire.  I am posting the slightly longer version of the piece here.   What’s an effective reaction to Islamic State’s destruction of artifacts housed … Read more »

Archaeology as a vital US strategic interest

After a fieldwork hiatus, I’m belatedly reposting an op-ed from Fox News (!) by my colleague Sturt Manning. The piece provides a succinct warning that a failure of a society to grapple with prehistory and archaeology more broadly comes with … Read more »

Artifacts, Assets, & The Limits of Monetization

In a much awaited decision,  US District Judge Robert Gettleman last week provided a summary judgment on a case that threatened to force the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and the Field Museum to sell vast collections of … Read more »

Civilization, the Barbarian, and Crimea

To read dispatches from the ongoing geopolitical conflict occasioned by the revolution in Kiev and Russian military intervention in Crimea, one might understandably think that the world was facing what the late Samuel Huntington called a “clash of civilizations”: a … Read more »

Soft Power Failure

Following in the heels of the recent flap over archaeology funding at the NSF, my colleague Chris Monroe pointed out yet another arena where the US government is failing the cause of research and preservation.  This time, it is the … Read more »

UPDATE: Archaeology and the NSF

As a follow up to my October 2 post regarding Eric Cantor and Lamar Smith’s USA Today op-ed on NSF funding for archaeological research, Rosemary Joyce, James Doyle, and I participated in a radio panel discussion of the issue on … Read more »

Upcoming: The Sovereign Assemblage: Sense, Sensibility, and Sentiment in the Bronze Age Caucasus

Upcoming Lecture Series Institute for the Study of the Ancient World @ NYU. The Sovereign Assemblage: Sense, Sensibility, and Sentiment in the Bronze Age Caucasus Adam T. Smith (Cornell University) April 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 6:00pm Lecture Hall … Read more »

Regimes and Revolutions Hits the Old World

Just released in the UK and Europe: www.cambridge.org/authorcomms