Claudia Chang

Claudia Chang is Professor of Anthropology at Sweet Briar College.  She earned her Ph.D. in 1981 from Binghamton University.  Her publications cover the archaeology and ethnoarchaeology of pastoralism in the Mediterranean and Inner Asia.  Dr. Chang is Co-PI with Dr. Sören Stark (ISAW) on the continuation of National Science Foundation Grant "Collaborative Research: Bronze and Iron Age Prehistory on the Margins of the Eurasian Steppe," awarded in 2011 to I.P. Panyushkina (Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona) and C. Chang (Sweet Briar College). 

In 2015-16 she will complete archaeological field research in the Talgar region of southeastern Kazakhstan and her team of specialists will undertake studies in the material science of ceramics and metallurgy, zooarchaeology, and agent-based modeling of ancient agro-pastoral settlements.  Currently she is writing a book titled: Herders, Farmers, and the Nomadic Elite at the Edge of the Eurasian Steppe: Demographic Expansion and the Rise of Social Hierarchy during the First Millennium BC in Southeastern Kazakhstan.