Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd

Research Interest

Brian Boyd works on the prehistory and politics of archaeology in southwest Asia, with a focus on Palestine. He is particularly interested in the writing of microhistories as a counter to the grand narratives of social life in the deep past. He also writes on critical human-animal studies, museum anthropology, gender/queer theory and sound studies. His current fieldwork takes place in the Palestinian Territories, where he codirects a Columbia University/Birzeit University archaeology and museum anthropology community project, focusing in and around the village/town of Shuqba, northwest of Ramallah. This project involves collaboration with the local community to produce a deep history of their village and its landscapes, which will be represented in museum exhibits and installations in the local area and beyond. Brian is currently codirector of the Center for Palestine Studies, cochair of the University Seminar on Human-Animal Studies, and program director of the Center for Archaeology.