Carla Sinopoli

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Professor, Anthropology; Curator, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology

4030 Museum of Anthropology, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079

Office Location(s): 4030 Museums
Phone: 734.764.0484

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Anthropology
    • Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
  • About

    Carla Sinopoli is Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology and Curator of Asian Archaeology at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology. Her research focuses on complex societies and political economy in Southern India. She is currently co-directing a multi-year archaeological field project in the Tungabhadra River Valley of South India, focusing on emergent social and economic inequalities and the formation to territorial polities during the South India Iron Age (first millennium BC). Her prior work in the area included a 10-year systematic regional survey of the hinterland of the 14th-16th c AD imperial capital of Vijayanagara, where she focused particularly on examining the relations of imperial and temples institutions in the control and organization of craft production. As curator of the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology’s extensive collections from Asia, Sinopoli is conducting research and publishing on material culture and trade in South and Southeast Asian history and prehistory.

  • Education
    • B.A., State University of New York, 1978
    • M.A., University of Michigan, 1979
    • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1986
  • Awards
    • NEH Fellowship, National Geographic Society Grant for a new multi-year archaeological project in Karnataka
  • Selected Publications:
  • Books