Dr. Fumi Arakawa is the Associate Director of Research at the Indiana University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology (IUMAA) and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. He is also a Research Associate with Crow Canyon Archaeology Center in Cortez, Colorado.
Fumi’s primary interest in archaeology is reconstructing sociopolitical organization among the Ancestral Puebloans in the Four-Corners region of southeast Utah/southwest Colorado and the Mimbres-Mogollon people in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico. His research examines how social scales and power changed through time in small-scale agricultural societies using demographic, environmental, and material (lithics and pottery) data. To tackle questions of power and scale, he has gained a strong background in archaeological methods and theories, geology, and chemical compositional analyses. Fumi has also explored topics related to cultural trajectory, gender division of labor, and exchange systems.