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

Lecturer, South American 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

SPRING and SUMMER 2015 courses

Spring - Indigenous Community and Identity in the Neoliberal Andes (syllabus from 2014)

Summer - Inca, Aztec, and the Spanish Conquest (syllabus from 2014)

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 currently the coordinator of the Indigenous Languages Program and editor of the online, open-access journal Translating the Americas at the University of Michigan. I teach two courses in the spring-summer semester: "Indigenous Community and Identity and in the Neoliberal Andes" (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


"Adobes y la organización del trabajo en la costa norte del Perú"


Translating the Americas, Volume 2


Coordinator, Indigenous Languages Program
Visiting Scholar and Lecturer

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
University of Michigan


Visiting Assistant Professor/Profesor visitante
Centro Tinku
Cusco, Peru

Doctor en antropología por la Universidad de Michigan EEUU y director del Proyecto Arqueológico Las Varas (Cajamarca, Peru).


Adobe Bricks and Labor Organization on the North Coast of Peru

2012 Andean Past 10:133-169


Data used for the article now available

Huaca de la Luna, Unit 16

Farfan Compound II Storerooms


Available at the University of Michigan Deep Blue.