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Tatsuya Murakami


  • 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


  • National Science Foundation Research Grant, 2015-2019
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation Post-Ph.D. Grant, 2014-2015
  • 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


  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Overseas Experience

  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Peru

Related Experience

Vice President of Membership, Society for Archaeological Sciences, 2017- 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)

Selected Publications

  • 2016. “Materiality, Regimes of Value, and the Politics of Craft Production, Exchange, and Consumption: A Case of Lime Plaster at Teotihuacan.” Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 42: 56-78.
  • 2015. “Replicative Construction Experiments at Teotihuacan, Mexico: Assessing the Duration and Timing of Monumental Construction.” Journal of Field Archaeology. 40(3): 263-282.
  • 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 o
  • 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.

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