The Department of Anthropology has developed a particular strength in Andean studies with six full-time CLAS faculty and two research associates. Faculty archaeological research projects focus on the oldest human occupation in the Andes, the rise of complex societies and urbanism in the Bolivian Andes, bioarchaeology, landscape and land use in Peruvian contact sites, and violence-related trauma in the Wari culture. Sociocultural research includes state transformation in Bolivia, mortuary practices, and modern political violence in Colombia and Bolivia. Research is supported by major grants from the National Science Foundation and among the CLAS scholar working on the Andes is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. CLAS co-sponsors a number of the department’s invited lectures, as well as meetings of the VanChiVard consortium formed of faculty from Vanderbilt, the University of Chicago, and Harvard University.