University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Anthropology




Lisa J Lucero Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Title VI Centers Faculty Survey, Medieval Studies, and Center for Global Studies

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Office Hours

  • M/W 2:00-3:00

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Classic Maya, ritual, political power, climate change, sustainability

Education

  • Ph.D., UCLA, 1994

Distinctions / Awards

  • AAAS Fellow

Publications

Books

  • Lucero, Lisa J., and Barbara W. Fash (eds). Precolumbian Water Management: Ideology, Ritual, and Politics. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2006.
  • Water and Ritual: The Rise and Fall of Classic Maya Rulers. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006.
  • Social Integration in the Ancient Maya Hinterlands: Ceramic Variability in the Belize River Area. Tempe: Anthropological Research Paper No. 53. Arizona State University, 2001.
  • Bacus, Elisabeth A., and Lisa J. Lucero (eds). Complex Polities in the Ancient Tropical World. Arlington: Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association Number 9. American Anthropological Association, 1999.

Book Contributions

  • "Water Control and the Emergence of Polities in the Southern Maya Lowlands: Evolutionary, Economic, and Ecological Models." Cooperation and Collective Action: Archaeological Perspectives. 2013.
  • Lucero, Lisa J. "Memorializing Place among Classic Maya Commoners." Memory Work: Archaeologies of Material Practices. Ed. B.J. Mills and W.H. Walker. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2008. 187-205.
  • Lucero, Lisa J., and Sherry A. Gibbs. "The Creation and Sacrifice of Witches in Classic Maya Society." New Perspectives on Human Sacrifice and Ritual Body Treatments in Ancient Maya Society. Ed. V. Tiesler and A. Cucina. New York: Springer Press, 2007. 45-73.
  • Lucero, Lisa J. "Agricultural Intensification, Water, and Political Power in the Southern Maya Lowlands." Agricultural Strategies. Comp. C. Stanish. Ed. J. Marcus. Los Angeles: The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA , 2006. 281-305.
  • Lucero, Lisa J. "The Political and Sacred Power of Water in Ancient Maya Society." Precolumbian Water Management: Ideology, Ritual, and Politics. Ed. L. J. Lucero and B. Fash. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2006. 116-128.
  • Lucero, Lisa J., Scott L. Fedick, Andrew Kinkella, and Sean M. Graebner. "Ancient Maya Settlement in the Valley of Peace Area, Belize." Archaeology of the Upper Belize River Valley: Half a Century of Maya Research. Ed. J.F. Garber. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2004. 86-102.
  • Walker, William H., and Lisa J. Lucero. "The Depositional History of Ritual and Power." Agency in Archaeology. Ed. M. Dobres and J. Robb. London: Routledge Press, 2000. 130-147.
  • Lucero, Lisa J. "Water Control and Maya Politics in the Southern Maya Lowlands." Complex Polities in the Ancient Tropical World. Comp. L.J. Lucero. Ed. E.A. Bacus. Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association 9, 1999. 34-49.

Journal Articles

  • Lucero, Lisa J., and Joel D. Gunn. "Climate Change and Classic Maya Water Management." Water 3.2 (2011): 479-494. 1 Apr. 2011.
  • Lucero, Lisa J. "Materialized Cosmology among Ancient Maya Commoners." Journal of Social Archaeology 10.1 (2010): 138-167.
  • Scarborough, Vernon L., and Lisa J. Lucero. "The Non-Hierarchical Development of Complexity in the Semitropics: Water and Cooperation." Water History 2.2 (2010): 185-205.
  • Lucero, Lisa J. "Classic Maya Temples, Politics, and the Voice of the People." Latin American Antiquity 18.4 (2007): 407-427.
  • Lucero, Lisa J. "The Politics of Ritual: The Emergence of Classic Maya Rulers." Current Anthropology 44.4 (2003): 523-558.
  • Lucero, Lisa J. "The Collapse of the Classic Maya: A Case for the Role of Water Control." American Anthropologist 104.3 (2002): 814-826.
  • Lucero, Lisa J. "Classic Lowland Maya Political Organization: A Review." Journal of World Prehistory 13.2 (1999): 211-263.

Other

  • in press Water Management in Lowland Mesoamerica. In Water and Humanity: Historical Overview, edited by V. Scarborough and Y. Yasuda. History of Water and Civilization Volume VII, general editor, Fekri Hassan. UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP)