Michael E. Smith
Professor and Director, Teotihuacan Research Laboratory
Michael E. Smith is an archaeologist who specializes in the Aztecs of central Mexico. He has combined the results of his fieldwork with studies of documents to analyze the expansion of the Aztec empire, the nature of the Aztec economy, cities and city-states, and patterns of social inequality.
Academic Professional; Operations, Teotihuacan Research Laboratory
Oralia Cabrera studies the production and consumption of ritual lapidary objects and textile and ceramic production systems at Teotihuacan. Her recent research addresses the socio-economic integration of low-status sectors of the Teotihuacan society, as well as issues concerning craft production by independent craftspeople.
Saburo Sugiyama is currently an assistant director of the Sun Pyramid Project. His major research interests are on Mesoamerican social histories (particularly Teotihuacan), ancient urbanism, iconography and symbolism, and theories of cognitive archaeology.
Ben Nelson's research encompasses cycles of social complexity and connectivity among the ancient cultures of northwestern Mexico and the American Southwest, especially A.D. 200–1540; on human roles in and responses to the desertification of grasslands in those regions; and on relating archaeology to indigenous cultures of the present day.
Christopher Morehart is an archaeologist, environmental anthropologist and ethnobotanist/paleoethnobotanist. Much of his work centers on Mesoamerica, and for the last several years has concentrated on the Basin of Mexico. Conceptually, a great deal of his research involves questions of inequality and ideology.
Coordinator of Education and Programs
A recent graduate of the Museum Studies master’s program at ASU, Lisa plans to pursue her PhD in this field by continuing her thesis research in professional development programs and educator partnerships. Lisa's concentrations are in community outreach and educational support in the form of visitor research and program evaluation. Lisa participated in the inaugural collections management summer internship program at the ASU Teotihuacan Laboratory in 2016. She also participated in 2017, and trained four students at the lab. As the Coordinator of Education and Programs, Lisa’s responsibilities include recruiting, supervising and guiding students for the summer internship program. She also works at developing and promoting outreach events for the lab in Arizona. She is currently working with students to create portable lesson plans for K-12 educators using collections from the lab.