Research interests: Pleistocene foragers, prestate polities, the emergence of states and urban societies, modeling complex cultural trajectories
Henry Wright is affiliated with the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology; Department of Anthropology; Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Center for South East Asian Studies; The Santa Fe Institute; U.S. National Academy of Sciences; Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; and Musée d’Art at d’Archéologie de L’Université d’Antananarivo.
Cultural Action in the Uruk World. In Uruk Mesopotamia and Its Neighbors: Cross Cultural interactions in the Era of State Formation, ed. by Mitchell Rothman, pp. 123–48. Santa Fe: School of American Research (2001)
The Culture History of Madagascar (with R. Dewar). Journal of World Prehistory 7:417–66 (1993)
Trade and Politics on the Eastern Littoral of Africa: A.D. 800–1300. In The Archaeology of Africa: Food, Metals, and Towns, ed. by Thurston Shaw, Paul Sinclair, Bassy Andah, and Alex Okpoko, pp. 658–72. London: Routledge (1993)
Recent Research on the Origin of the State. Annual Review of Anthropology 6:379–97 (1977)