Terence N. D'Altroy

Terence N. D'Altroy

Research Interests

Research Concentrations

Empires, Knowledge Formation, Politics, Economics, Philosophy of Early, Complex Societies, Incas




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.


University of California, Los Angeles, PhD in Anthropology, 1981
University of California, Los Angeles, MA in Anthropology, 1975
University of Michigan, BA in Anthropology, 1972

2014. The Incas, 2nd ed. Oxford: Wiley. 

2004. The Incas: Inside an American Empire. Recorded by the author. Recorded Books. Digital Audio.

2001. Coeditor with Christine A. Hastorf. Empire and Domestic Economy. New York: Kluwer Academic. 

2001b. Coeditor with S. Alcock, K. Morrison, and C. Sinopoli. Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1992. Provincial Power in the Inka Empire. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.  

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