Latin American Studies

  • Photo of Katharine Davis in front of a mountain range

Katharine Meade Davis

Kate Davis is an anthropological archaeologist whose research focuses on the pre-Inkan Andean civilization; the Tiwanaku in Bolivia. Interested in the lives of everyday people that made up the majority of the population at the monumental urban site, her excavations involving students and local indigenous people have focused on the residential structures where the people lived. These households were important places where multi-generational families would have cooked, feasted with their friends, performed rituals, made pottery, and buried their dead.

Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Degrees

  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., ABD Ph.D., Harvard University

Teaching

Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Archaeology
Witchcraft, Magic, and the Supernatural
Ethnography
Food and Culture
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

Research Interests

Zooarchaeology
Religious and Ethnic Identity
Body Modification