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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.

At the University of Michigan I teach the courses "Globalization and Indigenous Communities in South America" and "Inca, Aztec, and the Spanish Conquest." 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



Where Credit’s Due: Andean Makers’ Marks and a Theory of Bureaucratic Games

I will be presenting at a conference in Brown University, November 3-4 2016. The conference is called "Making a Mark: Graphs Beyond Language."

See full schedule here:















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