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Alexander Martin

Discipline: Anthropology
University of Pittsburgh

Alexander Martín is an anthropologist interested in the adaptive nature of human populations and why societies change and evolve. His teaching and research explore the development of different societies from prehistory and into the present to understand what prompts changes in our core cultural institutions, including the structure of our families, the types of settlements we live under, the shape of our religious systems, or our relationship with nature. He is the author of several scientific publications on this topic and has carried out field research in locations such as Ecuador, Costa Rica, and the United States, receiving academic awards and research grants from institutions such as the National Science Foundation and the Howard Heinz Endowment.

He was born in Guayaquíl, Ecuador and holds a B.A. in Sociology from Florida International University and an M.A. in Anthropology from Florida Atlantic University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, where he works for the Center for Comparative Archaeology and is a core faculty member of the Center for Latin American Studies. In addition to having taught courses at universities both in the United States and abroad, he sailed with Semester at Sea as Anthropology Faculty in Spring 2011 and Fall 2016 and has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, where he has led students in a variety of field schools and international field practica.