Hello and thank you for visiting my website. I have been conducting archaeological research in Peru since 1999. From 2006 to 2007, I directed the excavation of Las Varas, a village in northern Peru that dates to AD 1000.

I am a lecturer at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, coordinator of the Indigenous Languages Program, and editor of the online, open-access journal Translating the Americas at the University of Michigan.

In the spring and summer semesters I teach the courses "Indigenous Communities vs. Globalization in South America" (spring) and "Inca, Aztec, and the Spanish Conquest" (summer). You can find the student evaluations of these courses here.

Contact: hitsai@umich.edu

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Room 3661, School of Social Work Building
1080 South University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1106

(734) 763-0553


I was interviewed by Inverse on the use of Quechua in Star Wars:

Howard Tsai, Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Michigan

Lecturer, South American Anthropology/Archaeology

Coordinator, Indigenous Languages Program
Coordinador, Programa de las Lenguas Indígenas de las Américas

Editor, Translating the Americas
Editor, Revista Traduciendo las Americas

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, University of Michigan

Director, Las Varas Archaeological Project (Cajamarca, Peru)
Director, Proyecto Arqueológico Las Varas