Recent Graduates

Anthropology

Amanda Aland

Adjunct Lecturer

PhD Anthropology
Heroy Hall 311

PhD  Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, 2013
MA  Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, 2006
BA  Spanish (Magna Cum Laude), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2004

Amanda Aland received her B.A. at the University of Southern California in Spanish in 2004 and her M.A. from SMU in 2006. She has participated in projects in both Central California and Peru. She has received the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant and the Fulbright IIE Fellowship to carry out her doctoral work on the north coast of Peru. Her research focuses on prehispanic imperial strategies on the north coast of Peru, with particular emphasis on how the Inka Empire conquered, incorporated, and governed the preexisting Chimú Empire.

Title of Dissertation: "Imperial Adaptation of Santa Rita B, Chao Valley: Local Perspectives on Chimú and Inka Imperial Strategies on the North Coast of Peru."

Entered program in 2004

Region of Study:

Peru

Honors and Awards:

2012    Writing fellowship, Southern Methodist University - $8,000
2005-2012    Southern Methodist University Assistant-ship
2012    Dean's Grant - $450
2012    Steed Travel Award - $400
2011    Graduate Student Association - $150
2009    Fulbright IIE Fellowship to Peru - $12,000
2008    National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, with R. Alan Covey (Co-PI), Award
#822079 - $14,974
2008    Dean's Grant - $500
2008    Steed Travel Award - $200
2008    Institute for the Study of Earth and Man Research Grant - $2,000
2007    Institute for the Study of Earth and Man Research Grant - $2,198

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2007    Christopher Wolff, Torbin C. Rick, and Amanda Aland. Middle Holocene Subsistence and Land Use on Southeast Anchorage, Santa Rosa Island, California. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology27(1): 44-56.

Book Chapter

In Press    Aland, A. "Moche and Chimu." The World and Its Peoples 3, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. London: Brown Reference Group.

Technical Reports

2010    Rosales Tham, Teresa, Amanda Aland, and Victor Vasquez Sanchéz. Informe, Temporada 2009: Manejo Ecosustentable y Desarollo Cultural del Complejo Arqueológico Santa Rita B. Unpublished Report Presented to the Instituto Nacional de Cultura

2009    Rosales Tham, Teresa, Amanda Aland, and Victor Vasquez Sanchéz. Informe, Temporada 2008: Manejo Ecosustentable y Desarollo Cultural del Complejo Arqueológico Santa Rita B. Unpublished Report Presented to the Instituto Nacional de Cultura

2008    Rosales Tham, Teresa, Jonathan Kent, Victor Vasquez Sanchéz, and Amanda Aland. Informe, Temporada 2007: Manejo Ecosustentable y Desarollo Cultural del Complejo Arqueológico Santa Rita B. Unpublished Report Presented to the Instituto Nacional de Cultura

Poster Presentations

Aland, Amanda. Reassessing the Inka Occupation of the North Coast of Peru: A Case Study at Santa Rita B, Chao Valley. Institute for Andean Studies 52nd Annual Meeting. Berkeley, California. 2012.

Aland, Amanda. Evidence of Inka Presence at Santa Rita B, Chao Valley, Peru: A Preliminary Report. Society for American Archaeology 73rd Annual Meeting. 2008.

Wolff, Christopher, Amanda Aland, and Torbin C. Rick. Coastal Subsistence and Landscape Evolution on Eastern Santa Rosa Island, California: Perspectives from CA-SRI-667. Society for California Archaeology 39th Annual Meeting. 2005.