Dr. Alison E. Rautman, Ph.D., RPA.

Registered Professional Archaeologist

Editor of American Antiquity

Mailing address: 

  Center for Integrative Studies

  302 Berkey Hall 
  Michigan State University
  East Lansing, MI 48824-1111

   5D Berkey Hall

   (517) 432-6152

DR. RAUTMAN specializes in the archaeology of the American Southwest. Her research focuses on the economic and social changes associated with the transition from foraging to farming that occurred from about A.D. 900 to 1350 among people living in what is now central New Mexico. She is examining how people coped with economic risk, in their use of space within and between households, and in the gendered division of labor during this time of population aggregation and political re-organization.

She has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, The National Geographic Society, the USDA Forest Service, and the American Philosophical Society, and has held a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association of University Women.

Dr. Rautman also has an interest in geology and its application to the field of archaeology. She has studied archaeological site formation at various sites in Germany and the USA, and has done a number of petrographic studies of ceramics from archaeological sites in Bolivia, Israel, Egypt, and India, in collaboration with others.

She is a member of the scientific honor society Sigma Xi, the liberal arts honor society Phi Beta Kappa, and also professional organizations such as the American Anthropological Association, the Society for American Archaeology, and the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society.

She currently serves as Editor of the journal American Antiquity (2009-2012); she has also served as Assistant Chair of the Department of Anthropology at MSU (1998-2008).

Dr. Rautman enjoys teaching undergraduate students, and regularly teaches ISS 220 (Time, Space, and Change in Human Society) and ANP 424 (Culture and Economic Behavior). She says that the best part of being an archaeologist, however, is working with students in the field. She is currently working on a book that summarizes 20 years of field work in New Mexico: Salinas Archaeology: Pithouse to Pueblo in Central New Mexcio.

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