CSHO faculty member Dr. Rita WrightProfessor of Anthropology

Ph.D. 1984; M.A. 1978, Harvard University; B.A. 1975, Wellesley College

Email:  rita.wright@nyu.edu

Phone:  212-998- 8568

curriculum vitae

Office:  306

Ceramics Laboratory



Research Interests

  • urbanism
  • gendered divisions of labor
  • ceramic analysis
  • technologies in early societies
  • state formation
  • divisions of labor
  • the ancient Near East and South Asia
  • climate change and human response


Other Affiliations

Professor, NYU Department of Anthropology

Core Faculty, MA in Human Skeletal Biology

Affiliated Faculty, NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

Affiliated Faculty, NYU Ancient Studies


Current Research

Beas Landscape and Settlement Survey Project, Pakistan

Case Studies in Early Societies Book Series

Technology and Society Studies


Selected Publications

[ Academia | ResearchGate ]

Wright, R.P. 2016. Power Systems in the Indus and Near Eastern States: Testing the Limits of Corporate Political Strategies, in L. Fargher, G. Feinman, & T. Earl (Eds.) Alternative Pathways to Complexity, pp. 225-238. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.

Wright, R.P. 2016. A Comparative Perspective on Gender in Specialized Economies: Craft Specialization, Kinship and Technology, in S. Kelly & T. Ardren (Eds.) Gendered Specialization of Labor, pp. 369-394. Boulder: University Press of Colorado. [Submitted 2013]

Wright, R.P. 2016. Konar Sandal South, Nindowari, and Lakhan Jo Daro, in U. Franke (Ed.) South Asian Archaeology 2012, pp. 25-35.  Vienna: Brepols.

Wright, R.P. 2014. Comparative Studies and Early Civilisations Revisited, in K. Almquist & A. Linklater (Eds.) Civilisation: Perspectives from the Engelsberg Seminar 2013, pp. 41-50.  Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

Wright, R.P., Schuldenrein, J., Mughal, M.R., Khan, A., Smith, M., Malin-Boyce, S., Miller, L., & Hritze, C. 2014. Beas and Landscape Survey.  Report to Department of Archeology, Government of Pakistan.

Wright, R.P.  2013.  Sumerian and Akkadian Industries: Crafting Textiles, in H. E. W. Crawford (Ed.) The Sumerian World, pp. 395-418.  London: Routledge Press.

Bolger, D. & Wright, R.P.  2013.  Gender in Southwest Asian Prehistory, in D. Bolger (Ed.) Companion to Gender Prehistory, pp. 372-394.  New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Wright, R.P.  2013.  Commodities and Things–The Kulli in Context, in S. Abraham, P. Gulpalli, T. Raczek, & U. Rizvi (Eds.) Connections and Complexities: New Approaches to the Archaeology of South and Central Asia, pp. 47-62.  Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Wright, R.P.  2010.  The Ancient Indus: Urbanism, Economy and Society.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wright, R.P.  2009.  Third Millennium Changing Times. Archaeological Dialogues 16(2): 142-148.

Wright, R.P.  2008.  Gender relations in Ur III Mesopotamia: Kinship, Property and Labor, in D. Bolger (Ed.) Gender through Time in the Ancient Near East, pp. 247-279. Lanham: Altamira Press.

Wright, R.P., Bryson, R., & Schuldenrein, J.  2008.  Water Supply and History: Harappa and the Beas Settlement Survey.  Antiquity 82(315): 37-48.

Wright, R.P.  2002.  Prehistory of Urbanism, in M. Ember & C. Ember (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Urbanism.  New York City: Grolier Press.

Costin, C.L. & Wright, R.P.  (Eds.).  1998.  Craft and Social IdentityAmerican Anthropological Association, Archaeology Division Monograph 8(1).

Wright, R.P.  1996.  Gender and Archaeology.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.


Updated on June 6, 2017