Fellow, Archeology, History, & the Evolution of Values

Ian MorrisIan Morris is Professor of History at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Stanford Archaeology Center.  He graduated with First Class Honors in Ancient History and Archaeology from Birmingham University and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University.  After teaching in the History and Classics departments at the University of Chicago, he relocated to the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, where he still lives with his wife, dogs, and cats.  Ian directs Stanford’s archaeological excavations at Monte Polizzo, Sicily–an ancient village occupied between 650 and 300 BCE and again in the Middle Ages between 950 and 1150 CE.

Morris has published over eighty articles and more than ten books, including The Dynamics of Ancient Empires and Why the West Rules—For Now.  His latest books are War! What is It Good For? and Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve. He has received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Mellon Foundation, National Geographic Society, and National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has appeared on A&E, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and PBS.