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Richard Lesure


Professor, Marilyn Beaudry-Corbett Endowed Chair in Mesoamerican Archaeology


Contact Information

Email    lesure@ucla.edu
Office  324B Haines
Phone  310-825-4614

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Michigan (1995)

Selected Publications

2011 Lesure, Richard G., The Goddess Diffracted: Explaining Femaleness in Prehistoric Figurines. Cambridge University Press. 

2009 Lesure, Richard G., editor and principal author. Subsistence and Settlement in Early Formative Soconusco: El Varal and the Problem of Inter-Site Assemblage Variation. Cotsen Institute Press, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, Monograph 65. 

2008 Lesure, Richard G., The Neolithic Demographic Transition in Mesoamerica? Larger Implications of the Strategy of Relative Chronology. In The Neolithic Demographic Transition and Its Consequences, edited by Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel and Ofer Bar Yosef, pp.107-138. Springer Science. 

2007 Lesure, Richard G., Modes of Explanation for Prehistoric Imagery: Juggling Universalist, Historicist, and Contextualist Approaches in the Study of Early Figurines. In: Material Beginnings: A Global Prehistory of Figurative Representation, edited by C. Renfrew and I. Morley. McDonald Institute Monographs, Cambridge. 

2006 Michael Blake, Richard G. Lesure, John E. Clark, Warren D. Hill, Luis Barba Pingarrón, The Residence of Power at Paso de la Amada, Mexico. In Palaces and Power in the Americas: From Peru to the Northwest Coast, edited by Jessica Christie and Patricia Sarro, pp.191-210. University of Texas Press, 2006. 

2006 Lesure, Richard G., Aleksander Borejsza, Jennifer Carballo, Charles Frederick, Virginia Popper, and Thomas A. Wake. Chronology, Subsistence, and the Transition to the Formative in Central Tlaxcala, Mexico. Latin American Antiquity 17(4): 474-492. 

2005 Lesure, Richard G., Linking Theory and Evidence in an Archaeology of Human Agency: Iconography, Style, and Theories of Embodiment. Journal of Archaeological Method in Theory 12, 2005, pp. 237-255. 

2004 Lesure, Richard G., Shared Art Styles and Long-Distance Contact in Early Mesoamerica. In Mesoamerican Archaeology, edited by Julia A. Hendon and Rosemary A. Joyce, pp. 73-96. Blackwell, Oxford. 

2002 Lesure, Richard G., The Goddess Diffracted: Thinking about the Figurines of Early Villages. Current Anthropology 43(4):587-610. 

2002 Lesure, Richard G., and Michael Blake, Interpretive Challenges in the Study of Early Complexity: Economy, Ritual, and Architecture at Paso de la Amada, Mexico. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 21:1-24.

Research

Archaeology of early village societies; sociopolitical dynamics and the origin of social inequality; Mesoamerica

Current Courses by Term

2017 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

Honors Contracts

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

2016 Winter Quarter

Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica

Selected Topics in Anthropological/Archaeological Theory

2015 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

Selected Topics in Prehistoric Civilizations of New World

2014 Fall Quarter

Selected Topics in Archaeology

2014 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

2013 Fall Quarter

Data Analysis

Graduate Core Seminar: Archaeology

2013 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

Teaching Anthropology

2012 Fall Quarter

Selected Topics in Anthropological/Archaeological Theory

Teaching Anthropology

2012 Summer Session

Human Evolution

Culture and Communication

Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior

Primate Behavior Nonhuman to Human

Anthropology of Food

Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality

Language, Culture, and Education

Selected Topics in Regional Cultures

2012 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica

2011 Fall Quarter

Data Analysis

2011 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

Selected Topics in Archaeology

2010 Fall Quarter

Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica

Selected Topics in Archaeology

Selected Topics in Prehistoric Civilizations of New World

2010 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica

2009 Fall Quarter

Graduate Core Seminar: Archaeology

2009 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica

2008 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2007 Fall Quarter

Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica

2007 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

2006 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Archaeology

Selected Topics in Anthropological/Archaeological Theory

2005 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Data Analysis

2005 Spring Quarter

Sophomore Seminars: Anthropology

2005 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

Advanced Honors Seminars

2004 Winter Quarter

Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

Selected Topics in Anthropological/Archaeological Theory

2003 Fall Quarter

Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2003 Winter Quarter

Study of Archaeology

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2002 Winter Quarter

Ancient Civilizations of Western Middle America (Nahuatl Sphere)

2001 Fall Quarter

Study of Archaeology

2000 Spring Quarter

Ancient Civilizations of Western Middle America (Nahuatl Sphere)

2000 Winter Quarter

Archaeology: An Introduction

1999 Fall Quarter

Proseminar: Practice of Anthropology

1999 Winter Quarter

Archaeology: An Introduction

1998 Spring Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

ANTHRO 111
Theory in Anthropological Archaeology

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 114P
Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica

2016 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 285P
Selected Topics in Anthropological/Archaeological Theory

2016 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 214
Selected Topics in Prehistoric Civilizations of New World

2015 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 118
Selected Topics in Archaeology

2014 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

ARCHEOL M201A
Graduate Core Seminar: Archaeology

2013 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 191HC
Data Analysis

2013 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO M201A
Graduate Core Seminar: Archaeology

2013 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 495
Teaching Anthropology

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 124P
Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior

2012 Summer Session

ANTHRO 128A
Primate Behavior Nonhuman to Human

2012 Summer Session

ANTHRO 149D
Language, Culture, and Education

2012 Summer Session

ANTHRO 179
Selected Topics in Regional Cultures

2012 Summer Session

ANTHRO 33
Culture and Communication

2012 Summer Session

ANTHRO 7
Human Evolution

2012 Summer Session

ANTHRO 135S
Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality

2012 Summer Session

ANTHRO 133F
Anthropology of Food

2012 Summer Session

ANTHRO 157
Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2008 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2005 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 88A
Sophomore Seminars: Anthropology

2005 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 189
Advanced Honors Seminars

2005 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 111
Study of Archaeology

2003 Winter Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 114P
Ancient Civilizations of Western Middle America (Nahuatl Sphere)

2002 Winter Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 8
Archaeology: An Introduction

2000 Winter Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 200
Proseminar: Practice of Anthropology

1999 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 114P

1998 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 8

1997 Fall Quarter