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


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


Coordinator, Indigenous Languages Program

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.