Carla Sinopoli

Director, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Photo: Carla  Sinopoli


At UNM since 
Curriculum vitae


BA, State University of New York at Binghamton (1978)

MA, University of Michigan (1979)

PhD, University of Michigan (1986)
Dissertation: “Material Patterning and Social Organization: A Study of Ceramics from Vijayanagara, South India”


Complex societies, political economy, empires, material culture, ceramics, museum studies, South Asia

Recent Publications:

2017 Kerstin Barndt and Carla M. Sinopoli (editors) Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge: University of Michigan Museums, Libraries and Collections 1817-2017. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.

2017Carla M. Sinopoli. Ceramic change and ceramic use in late prehistoric South India: The Evidence from Kadebakele (Koppal District, Karnataka). In, South Asian Archaeology and Art 2012, Volume 1: Man and Environment in Prehistoric and Protohistoric South Asia: New Perspectives, ed. by V. LeFevre, A. Didier, and B. Mutin, pp. 291-304. BREPOLS, Paris.

2015 Carla M. Sinopoli and Uthara Suvrathan, The city in the state. In, Archaeology, Civilization, and Large-Scale History, ed. by G. Emberling, pp. 109-128. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

2015 Sinopoli, Carla M., Rod McIntosh, Ian Morris and Alex R. Knodell, The distribution of power: hierarchy and its discontents. In, The Cambridge History of the World, Vol 3: Early Cities and Comparative History, Norman Yoffee, editor, pp. 381-393. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

2015 Carla M. Sinopoli, Ancient South Asian cities in their regions. In, The Cambridge History of the World, Vol 3: Early Cities and Comparative History, Norman Yoffee, editor, pp. 319-342. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

2014 Carla M. Sinopoli, New research on an old collection: studies of the Philippine Expedition (“Guthe”) collection of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan. Asian Perspectives 52 (1): 1-11.

2013. Carla M. Sinopoli. The Himalayan Journey of Walter Norman Koelz: The University of Michigan Himalayan Expedition 1932-1934 (with contributions by T.J. Leach and R. Bloom). Anthropological Paper no. 98, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan.

2012 Carla M. Sinopoli. Exploring ceramic variability in Iron Age South India: Social and political implications. In, South Asian Archaeology 2007: Proceedings of the 19th European Association of South Asian Archaeology, edited by D. Frenez and Maurizio Tosi, pp. 233-241. BAR International Series, Oxford.

2011 Carla M. Sinopoli. Local histories and historical narratives in the Central Tungabhadra Region of South India. In, Knowing India: Colonial and Modern Constructions of the Past, ed. by Cynthia Talbot, pp. 308-340. Yoda Press, New Delhi.

2011. Raymond Silverman and Carla M. Sinopoli. Besieged! Contemporary political, cultural and economic challenges to museums in the academy. University Museums and Collections Journal (UMAC). Vol. 4-2011: 19-31