Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Tatsuya Murakami

Assistant Professor - Anthropology

Contact Info


  • 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)


  • 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.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses

  • ANTH-3260: Highland Mexican Prehistory

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