Terence N. D'Altroy

Loubat Professor of American Archaeology
Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Interdepartmental Program in Archaeology


Terence N. D’Altroy is the Loubat Professor of American Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and the founding director of the Columbia Center for Archaeology. In 2016, he received the Columbia University Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. His research interests lie in politics, economics, and knowledge systems. He is particularly interested in the comparative study of empires, especially the Incas of Andean South America, with a focus on the organization and thinking underpinning their rule. Since 1969, he has conducted fieldwork in the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. He has written or (co)edited several books, including The Incas (2014, 2d ed.), The Incas: Inside an American Empire (2004), Empire and Domestic Economy (2002), Empires (2002), and Provincial Power in the Inka Empire (1992), in addition to numerous scholarly papers.


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