Andrew Roddick received is BA and MA in anthropology from the University of British Columbia, and his PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Assistant Professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Roddick has worked in the Bolivian highlands for 15 years, conducting archaeological research principally focused on the Tiwanaku civilization and its precursors. He was co- Principal Investigator (with Dr. John W. Janusek) for the Challapata Project. Fluent in Spanish, he has been doing ethnoarchaeological work with highland Bolivian contemporary potters for the past three years. From 2013-15, he was the program chair for the Institute of Andean Studies, the primary non-profit organization in North America dedicated to the study of the Andean past. Currently, his funded project is “Unflattening Tiwanaku”, funded by the Wenner-Gren foundation.
Dr. Roddick has published many publications and articles, and is the editor (with Ann B. Stahl) of Knowledge in Motion: Making Communities and Constellations of Practice across Time and Place, which brings together archaeologists, historians, and cultural anthropologists to examine communities engaged in a range of learning practices around the globe, from Africa to the Americas. His edited volume, Constructions of Time and History in the Pre-Columbian Andes, was published in 2016.
He is an exceptional teacher with a special talent for displaying the distant past in ways that make it seem vividly present.