Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Tatsuya Murakami

Assistant Professor - Anthropology

Contact Info
tmurakam@tulane.edu

Degrees

  • B.A., Kanagawa University, Spanish, 1996
  • M.A., University of Tokyo, Cultural Anthropology, 1998
  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, Anthropology, 2010

Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2013-
  • Visiting Instructor, University of South Florida, 2012-2013
  • Instructional Postdoctoral Scholar, University of South Florida, 2010-2012

Research & Teaching Specializations: Mesoamerica; Central Mexico; Urbanism; Early Complex Societies; Archaeometry; Material Culture; Quantitative Methods in Anthropology

Related Experience

  • Director, Tlalancaleca Archaeological Project funded by Matsushita International Foundation and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, summer 2012
  • Director, Project “Power Relations and Urban Landscape Formation: A Study of Construction Labor and Resources at Teotihuacan,” funded by NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2008-2009
  • Reviewer, Lithic Technology (2014), Journal of Archaeological Science (2009), Archaeometry (2010, 2012), Journal of Historical Archaeology (2011), and America Antigua (2010)

Distinctions

  • COR Research Fellowship and Stone Center Summer Faculty Research Grant for the project "Pathways to Urbanism in Formative Central Mexico: Tlalancaleca Mapping Project," Tulane University, 2014
  • Research Grant for field project "Early State Formation in Central Mexico: Archaeological Research at Tlalancaleca," Matsushita International Foundation, 2011
  • Dean's Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Arizona State University, 2009
  • Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation (NSF), 2008
  • Research Grant for dissertation project, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Arizona State University, 2006

Languages: Japanese; English; Spanish

Selected Publications

  • 2014. "Social Identities, Power Relations, and Urban Transformations: Politics of Plaza Construction at Teotihuacan." In Mesoamerican Plazas: Arenas of Community and Power, edited by Kenichiro Tsukamoto and Takeshi Inomata, pp. 34-49. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
    2013. "Characterization of Lime Carbonates in Plasters from Teotihuacan, Mexico: Preliminary Results of Cathodoluminescence and Carbon Isotope Analyses" With Gregory Hodgins and Arleyn W. Simon. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(2): 960-970.
    2007. "Teotihuacan Society and the Use of Environment: Urban Landscape, Power, and State Formation." In Asakura World Geography Vol. 14: Latin America, edited by M. Sakai, M. Suzuki, and E. Matsumoto, pp. 51-62. Tokyo: Asakura Shoten.
    1999. "Reconsideration of the Chronology of the Northern Maya Lowlands: Spatial Analysis of Monuments in Chichen Itza, Mexico." America Antigua 2: 39-57.

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 1

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Congreso internacional de literatura y cultura centroamericanas (CILCA XXIII)

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Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, y Purdue University Calumet tienen el gusto de invitar al CONGRESO DE LITERATURA y CULTURA CENTROAMERICANAS (CILCA XXIII) que se llevará a cabo en la ciudad de New Orleans, Louisiana, del 11 al 13 de marzo del 2015 en el campus de Tulane University y Loyola University New Orleans.

Desde el primer congreso realizado en Nicaragua 1993, CILCA se ha caracterizado por ser un espacio de intercambio intelectual y de amistad para académicas/os, escritoras/es y lectoras/es. El congreso se ha efectuado en todos los países centroamericanos y por primera vez en su historia, CILCA se realizará en los Estados Unidos. La ciudad escogida es Nueva Orleáns, puerta de entrada hacia el Caribe y los países de América Central. El intercambio cultural entre Nueva Orleáns y América Central ha sido intenso por muchísimos años, y la ciudad alberga una de las comunidades de origen hondureño más grandes de los Estados Unidos. Tulane University tiene estrechos lazos con la región a través del Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Library, y the Middle American Research Institute. Loyola University New Orleans se ha distinguido por el trabajo con las comunidades hispanas que realizan varias de sus unidades académicas, incluyendo the Law School y el Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

La organización de CILCA XXIII la realizan la Dra. Maureen Shea y el Dr. Uriel Quesada, expertos en literatura y cultura centroamericanas, con el apoyo del Dr. Jorge Román Lagunas, creador y promotor de CILCA.

La convocatoria será publicada en agosto 2014.

Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, and Purdue University Calumet invite you to the Congress on Literature and Culture of Central America (CILCA XXIII) which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana March 11-13 2015 on the campuses of Tulane and Loyola New Orleans.

From the first conference, held in Nicaragua in 1993, CILCA has been a space for intellectual exchange and friendship for academics and writers. The conference has been held in all of the Central American countries and for the first time in its history will be held in the United States. New Orleans, the gateway to the Caribbean and Central America, has been chosen as the location. New Orleans and Central America have a longstanding cultural exchange and New Orleans has one of the largest Honduran communities in the United States. Tulane has long connections with the region through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Library, and the Middle American Research Institute. Loyola New Orleans works closely with hispanic communities particularly through the Law school and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

CILCA XXIII is organized by Drs. Maureen Shea and Uriel Quesada, experts on the literature and culture of Central America, with the support of Dr. Jorge Román Lagunas, creator of CILCA.

Call for papers coming in August 2014.