PhD Anthropology, Southern Methodist University
MA Anthropology, Southern Methodist University
BA Art History, Emory University
Kylie uses archaeology and ethnohistory to reconstruct state development and its impacts on people's lives. Her interests lie in understanding how states and empires in prehistory and recent history organize their economies and use their constituents to uphold social inequalities. Kylie's research focuses on ancient domestic economies, how they articulate with larger political economies in states, and what that tells us about community responses to imperial rule. She currently carries out this research in highland Peru, focusing on the pre-Inca to Spanish Colonial periods (c. 1000-1700 CE). Her dissertation was a study of forcibly migrated retainer populations serving Inca nobles near the imperil capital, and sought to understand how labor was coerced through multiple strategies. A recent development of this work has been the excavation of households within a neighboring community allied with the Inca, to contrast migrant experiences with those of cooperative locals.
Title of Dissertation: "Labor and Domestic Economy on the Royal Estate in the Inka Imperial Heartland (Maras, Cuzco, Peru)"
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Entered program in 2006
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Honors and Awards:
2011 - 2012 Dissertation Writing Fellowship. SMU Graduate Dean.
2009 - 2011 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (co-PI). "Inka Estate Administration in
the Imperial Heartland (Maras, Cuzco, Peru)." $15,000. Principal Investigator: R. Alan Covey.
2009 - 2010 U.S. Student Fulbright IIE Fellowship to Peru.
2009 - 2010 National Geographic Society Young Explorers Grant. "Archaeological Investigations of a royal estate and its
administration in Maras (Cuzco, Peru)." $4,876.
2013 QUAVE, K., R. Pilco Vargas, & S. Pierce Terry. "Las tierras reales del inca como exonomia noble: viviendas y
obras de Cheqoq (Maras, Cuzco)." [Inka royal estates as noble economy: household and labor at Cheqoq] In
Avances de investigaciones en los andes sud-centrales [Research in the south-central Andes[, edited by D. Kurin
and E. Gomez Choque. Fondo Editorial del Gobierno Regional de Apurimac, Peru. Expected publication 2013.
2009 QUAVE, K. "Confronting Anomaly in the Khipu Structure: Cultural and individual variations from two museum
collections." In Las IV Actas de las Jornadas Internacionales sobre Textiles Precolombinos [Proceedings of the 4th
International Pre-columbian Textile Conference], pp. 241-51. Edited by V. Solanilla. Universidad Autonoma de
QUAVE, K. "Reconstructing Colonial Re-settlement and Migration in the Cuzco Region." In The Xaquixaguana Plain
Archaeological Survey, edited by R. A. Covey. University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology.
QUAVE, K. and B. S. Bauer. "Machu Picchu and the Royal Estates of the Cuzco Region." In Inca - Kings of the
Andes Exhibition Catalogue. Edited by D. Kurella, P. Goede, and K. Noack. Linden-Museum Stuttgart. Expected
Covey, R. A., K. QUAVE, & C. E. Covey. "Inca Storage Systems in the Imperial Heartland (Cuzco, Peru): Risk
Management, Economic Growth, and Political Economy." In Storage and Administration in Ancient Complex
Societies, edited by L. Manzanilla.