Patrick D. Lyons
Patrick will assume the directorship of the Arizona State Museum on June 1, 2013. At present, he is Acting Associate Director for Planning and Review, Head of Collections, and Associate Curator of Anthropology at the Arizona State Museum. He is also an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and he currently serves as Chair of the Society for American Archaeology’s Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from the University of Illinois-Chicago, he earned his Ph.D., also in anthropology, at the University of Arizona, where he was awarded an Emil W. Haury Graduate Fellowship. His dissertation research, conducted while a staff member of the Arizona State Museum’s Homol’ovi Research Program, focused on the origins of the people of the Homol’ovi site cluster and on the relationship between Kayenta immigrants and the development and spread of the Salado phenomenon. Before joining the faculty of the University of Arizona, he spent six years as a Preservation Archaeologist at Archaeology Southwest. His research interests include the late prehispanic and protohistoric archaeology of the American Southwest and northwestern Mexico; Hopi ethnography, history, and ethnohistory; ceramic decorative and technological style; ceramic compositional analysis; migration, diaspora, and identity; and the use of tribal oral tradition in archaeological research.