Simpson, Ian Roderick

Grad Status: 
Dissertation Writer

My doctoral research examines the relationship between market and religion. I am concerned with how material culture and commercial practices shape religion at the same time as religious groups appropriate market economy, and how religious groups interact with and define themselves in relation to other groups through the market. My PhD project focuses on the archaeology of early Muslim urban communities. I am also interested in the use of methods in archaeology and ethnography to study the global as process and condition. A further research interest is the anthropology of labor, capital, and rights in relation to heritage practices.