Tristram R. Kidder
Department of Anthropology
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1114
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Major Field/Research Interests
Anthropological archaeology; paleoecology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, climate change, geoarchaeology; the formation of hierarchical social systems, the emergence of social complexity, complex hunter-gatherer history, and historical ecology.
Research: I have two main interests: First, what causes people to arrange themselves through time into increasingly complex forms of social organization? And second, how do climate and environment shape human societies through time. Related to this, I am especially interested in the Anthropocene concept, which argues that humans have come to rival nature as a force shaping the earth. My work therefore explores how, when, and to what extent humans have changed climates and especially their environments. With graduate students and collaborators I explore these and related issues through several different projects in the eastern United States, in Central Asia, and in China.