Faculty » Thomas C. Patterson
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Professor Patterson joined the UCR Department of Anthropology in 2000. He conducted archaeological and ethnohistorical research in Peru during the 1960s. Since the 1970s, he has studied complex organizations in the United States. His current research focuses on the historical development of anthropology and archaeology in the political-economic, social and cultural contexts shaped by nation-states, especially the United States, Peru, and Mexico; critical analyses of contemporary trends in social and cultural theory; comparative political economy; class and state formation; the intersection of class, race, and gender; theories of change and development, especially the political-economic, social and cultural changes associated with imperialism and the processes of globalization; and critical investigations of how the realities of past societies are constituted and appropriated into the fabric of everyday life today.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: From Acorns to Warehouses: Historical Political Economy of Southern California’s Inland Empire (Left Coast Press, 2014) “An Archaeology of the History of Nineteenth-Century Anthropology: James McCune Smith, Radical Abolitionist and Anthropologist” (Journal of Anthropological Research, 2013); “Shell-Bead Money and the Mission Period Economy of Alta California” (Journal of Social Archaeology, 2013); ”Inventado la Civiliación Occidental” (Jangwa Pana: Revista de Anthropología, 2011); Karl Marx, Anthropologist (2009); “Trends in Employment and Training in American Archaeology” (with Jeff Altschul, in Voices in American Archaeology, W. Ashmore et al (eds), 2010"The Turn to Agency: Neoliberalism, Individuality, and Subjectivity in Late Twentieth-Century Anglophone Archaeology" (Rethinking Marxism, 2005); "Craft Specialization, the Reorganization of Production Relations, and State Formation" (Journal of Social Archaeology 2005); The Foundations of Social Archaeology: Selected Writings of V. Gordon Childe (co-edited with Charles E. Orser, Jr. 2005); The Theory and Practice of Archaeology: A Workbook (2004); "Social Archaeology and Marxist Social Thought" (in A Companion to Social Archaeology (L. Meskell and R Preucel,edits 2004); Marx’s Ghost: Conversations with Archaeologists (2003); A Social History of Anthropology in the United States (2001); Cultural Diversity in the United States: A Critical Reader (co-edited with Ida Susser 2001); "The Political Economy of Archaeology in the United States," (Annual Review of Anthropology 2000); "Bridging the Gap Between Archaeology and History," (in The Entangled Past: Integrating History and Archaeology, M. Boyd et al, eds 2000); Change and Development in the Twentieth Century (Ber Publishers 1999); Inventing Western Civilization (Monthly 1997); Las sociedades nucleares de Mesoamerica (1997); Making Alternative Histories: The Practice of Archaeology and History in Non-Western Settings (co-edited with Peter Schmidt, 1996); Towards a Social History of Archaeology in the United States (1995); Race, Racism, and the History of U.S. Anthropology (co-edited with Lee Baker, 1994); " The Inca Empire: The Formation and Disintegration of a Pre- Capitalist State (Berg Publishers 1991); Power Relations and State Formation (co-edited with Christine Gailey, 1987); The Central Peruvian Prehistoric Interaction Sphere (with R MacNeish and D Browman 1975); America ’s Past: A New World Archaeology (Scott Foresman 1973).