Department of Anthropology
Brian Boyd received his M.A. in Archaeology from the University of Glasgow in 1991, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1996. He was a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1995-1997 before taking up a Lectureship in Archaeology at the University of Wales Lampeter (1997-2006). He was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University in 2006, then as Lecturer in 2013. He is currently Program Director of the Center for Archaeology and Director of the M.A. in Museum Anthropology. He is also Co-Chair of the New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Division, a committee member of the Center for Palestine Studies, and Co-Chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Human-Animal Studies.
Brian has been carrying out archaeological research in Palestine/Israel for almost thirty years, and is currently co-directing (with Dr. Hamed Salem, Birzeit University) the Columbia-Birzeit project “Building Community Anthropology Across the Jordan Valley” in the West Bank (partially funded by a Columbia University President’s Global Initiative Fund award). His research interests focus on the later prehistoric archaeology of the Middle East, the politics of archaeology in Israel/Palestine, human-animal studies, and sound/music studies. He has published and presented extensively on these topics in international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, and his recently completed book “Beyond Bones: an archaeology of human-animal relations” will be published by Cambridge University Press.
At Columbia, Brian teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on the archaeology of the Middle East, human-animal relations, sound/music studies, and museum anthropology