Arthur Joyce’s research focuses on two interrelated issues:
His geographical focus is Mesoamerica, especially the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
An important component of Joyce’s research is the training of graduate students who collaborate with him on field projects and carry out independent research in Oaxaca. His two most recent Ph.D. students have gone on to a tenure track position at a research university and a curator position at a large natural history museum.
Professor Joyce is looking for graduate students with the following:
Joyce’s research on complex societies uses poststructural theories of practice, power, ideology, and materiality to consider how social relations within societies as well as external factors like interregional interaction and ecology drive social changes such as political centralization and societal collapse.