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Kylie Quave

Kylie Quave
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General Interests
Kylie uses archaeology and ethnohistory to reconstruct state development and its impacts on people’s lives. Her interests lie in understanding how states and empires in prehistory and recent history organize their economies and use their constituents to uphold social inequalities. Kylie’s research focuses on ancient domestic economies, how they articulate with larger political economies in states, and what that tells us about community cooperation and resistance to imperial rule. She currently carries out this research in highland Peru, focusing on the pre-Inca to Spanish Colonial periods (c. 1000-1700 CE). Her dissertation was a study of forcibly migrated retainer populations serving Inca nobles near the imperial capital, and sought to understand how labor was coerced through multiple strategies. A recent development of this work has been the excavation of households within a neighboring community allied with the Inca, to contrast migrant experiences with those of cooperative locals.

Kylie applies her research interests to better understanding human prehistory and history in the classroom, with relevant connections drawn to the real world. She challenges students to use the archaeological past as a harbinger of what’s to come and as a critical study of how we interpret our present. Kylie is teaching courses on the overview of human prehistory and quantitative research methods. She emphasizes student training in her Peruvian projects, co-publishes and co-presents work with students, and encourages independent research.

Professor at Beloit Since: 2013

Ph.D., Anthropology. 2012. Southern Methodist University.
M.A., Anthropology. 2008. Southern Methodist University.
B.A., Art History. 2005. Emory University.

Teaching Philosophy
Kylie believes that studying and practicing anthropology are essential to becoming a better global citizen. Archaeology and anthropology in the undergraduate classroom are ideal avenues through which to approach tough questions about the world from an informed perspective and are well-positioned for active, engaged learning that can be applied beyond the liberal arts education. Inside and outside the classroom, Kylie urges students to find lessons in the past and in societies different from our own in order to confront challenging problems in our world.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

2011-2012. Dissertation Writing Fellowship. SMU Graduate Dean.

2009-2011. National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (co-PI). “Inka Estate Administration in the Imperial Heartland (Maras, Cuzco, Peru).” $15000. Principal Investigator: R. Alan Covey.

2009-2010. U.S. Student Fulbright IIE Fellowship to Peru.

2009-2010. National Geographic Society Young Explorers Grant.“Archaeological investigations of a royal estate and its administration in Maras (Cuzco, Peru).” $4,876.

Selected Publications
2013 (K. Quave, René Pilco Vargas, & Stephanie Pierce Terry). “Las tierras reales del inca como economía noble: viviendas y obras de Cheqoq (Maras, Cuzco).” [Inka royal estates as noble economy: household and labor at Cheqoq] In Avances de investigaciones en los andes sud-centrales [Research in the south-central Andes], edited by Danielle Kurin and Enmanuel Gómez Choque. Fondo Editorial del Gobierno Regional de Apurimac, Peru. Expected publication date: February 2013.

2009 “Confronting Anomaly in the Khipu Structure: Cultural and individual variations from two museum collections.”  In Las IV Actas de las Jornadas Internacionales sobre Textiles Precolombinos [Proceedings of the 4th International Precolumbian Textile Conference], pp. 241-51. Edited by Victoria Solanilla. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Accepted (K. Quave  & Sarah Kennedy). “La identificación de contextos domésticos inkas por producción de herramientas e indicadores de basurales.” [Identifying Inka domestic contexts through tool production and middens] In Boletín del Instituto de Investigación Científico Andino [Bulletin of the Andean Scientific Research Institute] 3. Cuzco, Peru.

Selected Presentations
2012 “Economía doméstica y las tierras reales del inca: investigaciones en Cheqoq-Maras (Urubamba, Cuzco) [Domestic economy and Inka royal estates: Research at Cheqoq-Maras]." Paper presented at the Conferencia sobre Arqeuología Andina de COARPE [Conference on Andean Archaeology], organized by the Colegia de Arqueólogos del Perú – Región Sur Este [College of Peruvian Archaeologists], Cuzco, Peru. Invited paper.

2012 (K. Quave, Gabriela C. Bertone, Li Jing Na, & Paula Espósito). “Royal Maize, Common Cuy? Authority and Identity on the Inka Royal Estate (Cuzco, Peru).” Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis. Organized symposium: Beyond Eating: Food and Meaning in the New World, by Stacy Dunn. 

2012 (Sarah Kennedy,  Maeve Skidmore, & K. Quave). “A Comparison of Middle Horizon Herding and Diet from Two Settlements in the Cuzco Region, Peru.” Poster presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis.

2011 (K. Quave, René Pilco Vargas, & Stephanie Pierce Terry). “Administration and production on the Inka estate within the imperial heartland (Maras, Cuzco, Peru).” Paper presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento. Organized symposium: Domestic Responses, Challenges, and Cooperation in Andean State Development, by Kylie Quave and Maeve Skidmore.

2011 (Sarah Kennedy & K. Quave). “Identifying Inka Domestic Contexts in the Absence of Surface Architecture.” Poster presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento.

2011 (Matthew Weitkamp & K. Quave).  “Evaluating Inka Pottery Production through Horizontal Excavation (Cuzco, Peru).” Poster presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento.

2010 “Almacenaje, producción alfarera y las tierras reales del inka (Cheqoq, Maras, Urubamba) [Storage, ceramic production, and the Inka royal estate].” Paper presented at the I Conferencia del Instituto de Investigación Científico Andino del Cuzco [First Conference of the Andean Scientific Research Institute of Cuzco], Cuzco, Peru. Invited paper.

2009 (K. Quave & René Pilco Vargas). "Tierras reales del inca: administración de un complejo de qollqas en Maras, Cuzco [The Inka royal estate: administration of a qollqa complex in Maras, Cuzco]. " Paper presented at the Primer Simposio de Nuevos Enfoques de la Cultural Regional y Nacional [First Symposium of New Regional and National Cultural Foci], Andahuaylas, Peru. Invited paper.

2008 (K. Quave & R. Alan Covey).  “La reconstrucción de jerarquías políticas y económicas en el área nuclear del imperio incaico.” [Reconstructing Political and Economic Hierarchies in the Inka Imperial Heartland] Paper presented at the conference La Herencia Incaica en la Ingeniería Civil [The Inka Legacy in Civil Engineering].  Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cuzco, Cuzco, Peru. Invited paper.

2008 (K. Quave & R. Alan Covey). “Reconstructing Political and Economic Hierarchies in the Inka Imperial Heartland (Cuzco, Peru).”  Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, Canada. Organized symposium: Circa 1530: Integrating Archaeology and Ethnohistory in the Andes, by Joanne Pillsbury. Invited paper.

Field Work
Ongoing archaeological and ethnohistorical study of Inca state development in Maras, Cuzco, Peru. Cheqoq Archaeological Research Project 2009-present.

Ongoing archaeological study of Inca state development in Anta, Cuzco, Peru . Ak’awillay Archaeological Research Project 2012-present.

Professional Service
Reviewer for National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration

Public lectures and tours periodically given at Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas. 2005-2012.

Advisory Board Member-at-Large for the Institute of Andean Scientific Research, Cuzco. 2010-2011.