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Rogers, J. Daniel

Curator Emeritus

Dr. Rogers is a specialist in archaeology, history, and computational modeling.  He studies the development of empires, culture contact, colonialism, and theories of social complexity.

Geographic Focus

  • Global  Transnational Region

Professional Biography

  • Dr. J. Daniel Rogers is Curator Emeritus of Archaeology and former chair of the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.  He received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Over his career he has conducted archaeological field research in the Southeast, Southwest, the Great Plains, the Caribbean, Mexico, Peru, and eastern Asia.  Since 2002 he has studied the early empires of Inner Asia and developed computational models to analyze the social and demographic implications of climate change. His research topics also include colonialism, culture contact, and the origins of complex societies.