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 explores social variation by comparing the development of different societies across the Americas from prehistory and into the present. He has carried out archaeological surveys and excavations in a variety of locations including Ecuador, Costa Rica, and the United States, and has received academic awards and research grants from institutions such as the National Science Foundation and the Howard Heinz Endowment.

He was born in Guayaquíl, Ecuador, one of our port destinations, 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 is currently a core faculty member of the Center for Latin American Studies, and where he manages the Comparative Archaeology Database of the Center for Comparative Archaeology. He teaches anthropology courses for the University of Pittsburgh and the Semester at Sea program and is the author of several scientific publications about human social evolution. He previously sailed as an anthropology instructor during the Spring 2011 voyage, and has travelled extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia, where he has led students in anthropological field schools and international field practica.