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Kylie uses archaeology and ethnohistory to reconstruct state development and its impacts on marginalized people’s lives. Her 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 major projects include an interdisciplinary study of forcibly migrated retainer populations serving Inca nobles near the imperial capital (Maras, Cuzco); this research seeks to understand how labor was coerced through multiple managerial strategies. She has also directed excavations on households within a neighboring community (Anta, Cuzco) allied with the Inca, to contrast migrant experiences with those of cooperative locals. And her current project is an ongoing study of a rival to the burgeoning Inca state that occupied the Maras region prior to the establishment of the retainer settlement.
Kylie applies her research interests to the classroom by guiding students in finding lesson from the past for the present. She asks students to critically analyze their roles as knowledge producers and to reflect on epistemological issues in anthropology: how do social scientists know what they know? Kylie teaches courses on the overview of the human past, introductory cultural anthropology, introductory biological anthropology, ancient American material culture, imperialism and colonialism, identity in Latin America, anthropological research methods, quantitative methods, environmental archaeology, and museum studies. She also holds a faculty position in the Writing program. She emphasizes student training in her Peruvian projects, co-authoring collaborative work with students.
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.
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 a holistic and culturally relative 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.
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Selected Professional Accomplishments
2014-2016 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Logan Museum of Anthropology.
2014-2016 National Geographic Society Committee for Research & Exploration Grant. "Archaeological Investigations of an Early Inca State Conquest (Maras, Cuzco, Peru)." $15,527.
2015-2016 Curtiss T. & Mary G. Brennan Foundation, Program in Support of Archaeological Field Research in the Development of Early Civilizations. “Archaeological Investigations of an Early Inca State Conquest (Maras, Cuzco, Peru).” $5,000.
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).” $15,000. 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.
In press. Quave, K. & Christopher Heaney. “A Central Coast Mortuary Assemblage from the Logan Museum of Anthropology.” Andean Past 13.
In press. Alicia Hoffman & K. Quave. “Identification of Pigments from a Late Central Coast Textile Assemblage.” Andean Past 13.
In press. Alicia Hoffman, Reed Peck-Kriss, & K. Quave. “Technological and Chemical Analysis of a Late Central Coast Metalwork Assemblage.” Andean Past 13.
2018. Quave, K., R. Alan Covey, & Karen X. Durand Caceres. “Archaeological Investigations at Yunkaray (Cuzco, Peru): Reconstructing the Rise and Fall of an Early Inca Rival (A.D. 1050-1450).” Journal of Field Archaeology 43(4). In press.
2017. Quave, K. “Imperial-style Ceramic Production on a Royal Estate in the Inka Heartland (Cuzco, Peru).” Latin American Antiquity.
2017. Covey, R. Alan & K. Quave. “The Economic Transformation of the Inca Heartland (Cuzco, Peru) in the Late Sixteenth Century.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 59(2): 277-309.
2017. Quave, K. & Nicolette Meister. “Assessing the Impact of Curricular Collections Use at a Liberal Arts College.” Museum Management and Curatorship 32(1): 2-19.
2016 Covey, R. Alan, K. Quave, & Catherine E. Covey. “Inca Storage Systems in the Imperial Heartland (Cuzco, Peru): Risk Management, Economic Growth, and Political Economy.” In Storage in Ancient Complex Societies: Administration, Organization, and Control, pp. 167-188. Edited by Linda R. Manzanilla and Mitchell S. Rothman. Left Coast Press/Routledge, Walnut Creek, CA.
2015 Bauer, Brian S., Miriam Aráoz Silva, and K. Quave. “The Yurak Rumi Shrine Complex.” In Vilcabamba and the Archaeology of Inca Resistance, pp. 42-75. Edited by B. S. Bauer, J. Fonseca Santa Cruz, and M. Aráoz Silva. The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, Los Angeles.
2015 Quave, K. and R. Alan Covey. “The Material Remains of Inca Power among Imperial Heartland Communities.” Tribus, Jahrbuch des Linden-Museums Stuttgart Special Edition: 110-127.
2015 Quave, K. “Archaeology, Cuzco.” In Encyclopedia of the Incas, pp. 32-37. Edited by Gary Urton and Adriana von Hagen. Altamira Press, Lanham, MD.
2014 Quave, K. “Reconstructing Colonial Migration and Resettlement in the Cuzco Region.” In Regional Archaeology in the Inca Heartland: The Hanan Cuzco Surveys, pp. 193-212. Edited by R. Alan Covey. Studies in Latin American Ethnohistory & Archaeology, edited by Joyce Marcus, Memoir 55, Volume X. University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, Ann Arbor.
2013 Quave, K., René Pilco Vargas, & Stephanie Pierce Terry. “Las tierras reales del inca como economía noble: viviendas y obras de Cheqoq (Maras, Cuzco).” In Investigaciones arqueológicas y antropológicas en los andes sud-centrales: Historia, cultura y sociedad, pp. 110-145. Edited by Danielle S. Kurin and Enmanuel Gómez Choque. Fondo Editorial de la Dirección de Investigación, Creación Intelectual y Artística Universidad Nacional José María Arguedas, Andahuaylas, Apurímac, Perú.
2013 Quave, K. and Brian S. Bauer. “Machu Picchu und die königlichen landsitze der region Cuzco.” In Inka: Könige der Anden, pp. 96-113. Edited by Doris Kurella and Inés de Castro. Linden-Museum Stuttgart Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde. Verlag Philipp von Zabern, Darmstadt/Mainz, Germany.
2009 Quave, K. “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, pp. 241-51. Edited by Victoria Solanilla. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.
Ongoing archaeological and ethnohistorical study of Inca state development in Cuzco, Peru. Cheqoq Archaeological Research Project 2009-present, Ak’awillay Archaeological Research Project 2012-present, Yunkaray Archaeological Research Project 2014-present.
Advisory Editorial Committee. Qhelqana: Revista Electrónica de Arqueología. 2015-present.
Reviewer for National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports; Journal of Anthropological Archaeology; Andean Past; Qhelqana: Revista Electrónica de Arqueología
Advisory Board Member-at-Large, Institute of Andean Scientific Research, Cuzco. 2010-2011.