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Tammy Stone, Ph.D.


Email: Tammy Stone
Office Location:
Administration Building 270K
Phone: (303) 556-3554
Fax: (303) 556-2801
Office Hours:  Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 in NC 3406; or by appointment in AD 270K
Areas of Expertise:  Archaeology

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Arizona State University, May 1992

M.A., University of Texas at Austin, May 1984

B.A., Florida State University, December 1981


My research is centered on understanding why individuals and groups choose to cooperate and form alliances sometimes and compete with each other at other times and why these processes shift through time. To understand this, the larger political, social, ritual, and economic structures within which cooperative/competitive relationships exist must be examined, as well as the motivation for action at the individual, household, and sub-group level.

More specifically, I am interested in understanding how and why individuals, households and communities make the choices they make given the community and regional social, political, ritual, and economic structures within which they live their everyday lives. Additionally, my research has concentrated on understanding how individuals, households, and communities change in terms of their organization, alliance formation, and structure when regional structures change, either due to collapse, migration, or the development of new integrating principles. The theoretical underpinnings of this research emphasize the constant and conscious negotiation of status and roles in dynamic and fluid social systems. This negotiation occurs at multiple levels and is directly tied to the decisions individuals, families, and communities make in terms of social, political, and economic alliance formation. Further, I conduct this research from an empirical perspective, which emphasizes the integration of multiple lines of data.

Most of my research has centered on the archaeology of middle-range societies, and most recently has concentrated in the Point of Pines region of the American Southwest in central Arizona. I’ve recently applied these same theoretical constructs to understanding why some academic departments coalesce and form highly productive units and others disintegrate into factional fighting resulting in academic receivership and the nature of academic leadership given these conditions.

Select Publications

2015 Stone, Tammy. Migration and Ethnicity in Middle-Range Societies: a View from the Southwest. University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

2013 Stone, Tammy. "Kayenta Ritual Structures from AD 1100-1300." Kiva 78:177-206.

2013 Gilman, Patricia A. and Stone, Tammy. "The Role of Ritual Variability in Social Negotiations of Early Communities." American Antiquity 78(3):604-621.

2011 Stone, Tammy and Mary Coussons-Read. Leading from the Middle: a Case-Study Approach to Academic Leadership for Associate Deans. American Council on Education series, Rowman and Littlefield.

2011 Stone, Tammy and William Lipe. "Standing Out vs. Blending in: Pueblo Migrations and Ethnic Marking." In Changing Histories, Landscapes, and Perspectives: The 20th Anniversary Southwest Symposium, edited by Margaret Nelson. University of Colorado, Niowt.

2009 Stone, Tammy. "Room Function and Room Suites in late Mogollon Pueblo Sites." Kiva 75: 63-86.

2009 Press Stone, Tammy. "Departments in Academic Receivership: Possible Causes and Solutions." Innovative Higher Education 33(4):229-238

2008 Stone, Tammy. "Social Innovation and Transformation during the Process of Aggregation." In Cultural Transformation and Archaeology: Issues and Case Studies, edited by Michael O'Brien and Todd VanPool, pp. 158-163. Society for American Archaeology, Washington, D.C.

2005 Stone, Tammy. "Factional Formation and Community Dynamics in Middle-Range Societies." In Nonlinear Modeling for Archaeology and Anthropology: Continuing the Revolution, edited by W. Baden and C. Beekman, pp. 79-93. Ashgate Press, London.

2005 Stone, Tammy. "Late Period Pithouses in the Point of Pines Region of Arizona." Kiva 70:273-292.

Courses Taught

ANTH 1302: Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 3310: Colorado Archaeology
ANTH 4050/5053: Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
ANTH 4210/5210: Archaeology of the American Southwest
ANTH 4330/5330: Lithic Analysis
ANTH 4390/5390: Laboratory Methods in Archaeology
ANTH 6307: Contemporary Perspectives in Archaeology
ANTH 6317: Archaeological Research Design and Analysis