The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy is now open.  Our office hours are from: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Please refer to the COVID-19 Resource Guide for all matters related to the return to campus.  All visitors and vendors must fill out the Columbia University Health Screening Form.  We look forward to seeing you on campus.


Terence N. D'Altroy

Loubat Professor of American Archaeology
Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Interdepartmental Program in Archaeology


Terence N. D’Altroy is the Loubat Professor of American Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and the founding director of the Columbia Center for Archaeology. In 2016, he received the Columbia University Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. His research interests lie in politics, economics, and knowledge systems. He is particularly interested in the comparative study of empires, especially the Incas of Andean South America, with a focus on the organization and thinking underpinning their rule. Since 1969, he has conducted fieldwork in the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. He has written or (co)edited several books, including The Incas (2014, 2d ed.), The Incas: Inside an American Empire (2004), Empire and Domestic Economy (2002), Empires (2002), and Provincial Power in the Inka Empire (1992), in addition to numerous scholarly papers.


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