J. Daniel Rogers

J. Daniel Rogers
Professorial Lecturer in Anthropology
National Museum of Natural History, Room 313
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Analysis of social change using ethnohistorical and archaeological methods; social responses to climate change; theories of meaning and the role of the individual; culture contact; state and empire formation; museum studies. Regional foci: Inner Asia, Caribbean, Mexico, U.S.

Dr. Rogers began his career as an archaeologist studying Great Plains and Southeastern archaeology and ethnohistory. Subsequently he has focused on the study of culture contact and the spread of empires in multiple regions, including Mexico, the Caribbean, and Inner Asia. In recent years he has also participated in multiple NSF-funded interdisciplinary projects built around the methods of computer science and agent-based modeling. These projects have included research on pastoralist adaptations to extreme weather events in Inner Asia, the nature of complex social hierarchies, and social responses to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rogers curates at the National Museum of Natural History.

Blog — Rogers' Archaeology Lab

Twitter — @ArchaeologyLab

Current Research

Current projects include the study of state formation in Inner Asia, as well as multi-year research on climate modeling through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant with collaborators at George Mason University. The NSF team is developing computer models to study how societies interact with their environments.


Ph.D. 1987, University of Chicago
M.A. 1982, University of Oklahoma
B.A. 1976, University of Oklahoma



2011  Sievert, A.K., and J.D. Rogers. Artifacts from the Craig Mound at Spiro, Oklahoma. Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology 49. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press.

1995  Rogers, D., and B. Smith, eds. Mississippian Communities and Households. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

1993  Rogers, D., and S.M. Wilson, eds. Ethnohistory and Archaeology: Approaches to Postcontact Change in the Americas. New York: Plenum Press.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

2012  Rogers, J.D., T. Nichols, T. Emmerich, M. Latek and C. Cioffi-Revilla. "Modeling scale and variability in human-environmental interactions in Inner Asia," Ecological Modelling 241: 5-14.

2012  Rogers, J.D. "Inner Asian states and empires: Theories and synthesis," Journal of Archaeological Research 20: 205-256. doi:10.1007/s10814-011-9053-2.

2011  Rogers, J.D. “Stable isotope analysis and diet in eastern Oklahoma," Southeastern Archaeology 30: 97–107.

2011  Cioffi-Revilla, C., J.D. Rogers, S.P. Wilcox and J. Alterman. “Computing the Steppes: Data Analysis for Agent-Based Modeling of Polities in Inner Asia.” In Xiongnu Archaeology: Multidisciplinary Perspectives of the First Steppe Empire in Inner Asia, ed. Ursula Brosseder and Bryan Miller, 97–110. Bonn: Bonn University Press

2009  Rogers, D. "The Spiro site." In F. McManamon et al., eds. Archaeology in America: An Encyclopedia p. 324-329. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Publishing.

2006  Rogers, D. "Chronology and the demise of chiefdoms: Eastern Oklahoma in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries," Southeastern Archaeology 25(1):20-28.

2005  Rogers, D., E. Ulambayar, and M. Gallon. "Urban centres and the emergence of empires in eastern Inner Asia," Antiquity 79: 1-18.

2005  Rogers, D., "Archaeology and the interpretation of colonial encounters." In G. Stein, eds., The Archaeology of Colonial Encounters: Comparative Perspectives. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.

Classes Taught

To see syllabi, click on the course title.

Anth 6201: Anthropology in the Museum
Anth 6202: Museums and the Public: Exhibiting Culture


Last updated March 27, 2015