Andrew Upton

  • Doctoral Candidate (Archaeology)


Research Interests

  • Migration
  • Cultural Contact
  • Violence and Aggression
  • Collective Social Action
  • Cultural Transmission
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Multilayer Social Network Analysis
  • Geochemical Compositional Analysis
  • Archaeometry
  • Oneota
  • Mississippian

Current Research Projects

Andrew Upton (M.A.) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. His dissertation research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and focuses on the central importance of the composition and structure of social and economic network relationships in assessing how both indigenous and migrant peoples approach multicultural relations. He seeks to better understand how and perhaps why different approaches to multicultural coexistence may lead to stable, advantageous outcomes or promote violence and instability. Andy applies mutlilayer network analysis methodologies to archaeological data across the Middle to Late Mississippian transition in the Late Prehistoric central Illinois River valley (ca. A.D. 1200-1450), to provide a dynamic and multi-faceted view on social structure, thereby contributing to a more nuanced understanding of social and economic transformations resulting from cultural contact in violent social contexts.

Andrew is also engaged in research supported by the Ruth Landes Memorial Fund, a program of the Reed Foundation, to investigate the historicity of patterns of socially engrained violence in interethnic interaction among the Santee Dakota and Ojibwa of the Upper Great Lakes.

National Science Foundation Award Information

Wenner-Gren Foundation Award Information


Upton, A. J., W. A. Lovis, and J. A. Urquhart. 2015. An Empirical Test of Shell Tempering as an Alkaline Agent in the Nixtamalization Process. Journal of Archaeological Science 62: 39-44.

Holt, J.Z., Upton, A.J., Hanlin, S.J. 2015. Sourcing Prehistoric Ceramics from Western Illinois. Illinois Antiquity 50(3):8-10.