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Michelle Hegmon

Michelle Hegmon

Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Dr. Hegmon's research interests center around the human social realm, in the context of the larger environment. More specifically, her work involves social and feminist theory, archaeological approaches to gender, as well as a focus on middle range societies and an emphasis on ethnographic comparisons. Her research has mostly been centered in the American Southwest with some collaborative work in southwest Mexico researching the processes of land use, interaction and reorganization in the Classic and Postclassic Mimbres periods (ca. 1000-1450).

Today, Dr. Hegmon teaches a graduate seminar on the archaeology of the social realm, the graduate core course titled Archaeology of Small Scale Societies, as well as various courses on Southwest archaeology.


  • PhD, Anthropology, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1990
  • MA, Anthropology, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1984
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Virginia, 1981


Journal Articles


Hegmon, M., J. Freeman, K. W. Kintigh and M. C. Nelson. 2016. Marking and making differences: Representational diversity in the U.S. Southwest. American Antiquity 81(2):253-272. DOI: 10.7183/0002-7316.81.2.253. (link )


Costanza, R., S. van der Leeuw, K. Hibbard, S. Aulenbach, S. Brewer, M. Burek, S. Cornell, C. Crumley, J. Dearing, C. Folke, L. Graumlich, M. Hegmon, S. Heckbert, S. T. Jackson, I. Kubiszewski, V. Scarborough, P. Sinclair, S. Sorlin and W. Steffen. 2012. Developing an Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE). Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4(1):106-114. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2012.01.010. (link )


Anderies, J. M. and M. Hegmon. 2011. Robustness and resilience across scales: Migration and resource degradation in the prehistoric US Southwest. Ecology and Society 16(2):Art. 22. (link )

Nelson, M. C., M. Hegmon, S. A. Kulow, M. A. Peeples, K. W. Kintigh and A. P. Kinzig. 2011. Resisting diversity: A long-term archaeological study. Ecology and Society 16(1):Art. 25. (link )


Hegmon, M., M. Peeples, A. P. Kinzig, S. A. Kulow, C. M. Meegan and M. C. Nelson. 2008. Social transformation and its human costs in the prehispanic US Southwest. American Anthropologist 110(3):313-324. DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1433.2008.00041.



Hegmon, M. ed. 2017. The Give and Take of Sustainability: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107078338.

Book Chapters


Hegmon, M. 2017. Growth and inter-generational tradeoffs: Archaeological perspectives from the Mimbres Region of the US Southwest. Pp. 148-171 In: Hegmon, M. ed., The Give and Take of Sustainability: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives on Tradeoffs.. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1-107-07833-8.

Hegmon, M. 2017. Introduction. Multiple perspectives on tradeoffs. Pp. 1-25 In: Hegmon, M. ed., The Give and Take of Sustainability: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives on Tradeoffs. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107078338.

Hegmon, M. 2017. Path dependence. In: Mills, B. and S. Fowles eds., The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199978427.013.7. ISBN: 9780199978427.


Torvinen, A., M. Hegmon, A. P. Kinzig, M. C. Nelson, M. A. Peeples, C. Strawhacker, K. G. Schollmeyer and L. Swantek. 2016. Transformation without collapse: Two cases from the U.S. Southwest. Pp. 262-286 In: Faulseit, R. K. ed., Beyond Collapse: Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization, and Transformation in Complex Societies. Southern Illinois University. Carbondale, IL. ISBN: 978-0809333998.


Bolin, B., J. Declet-Barretto, M. Hegmon, L. Meirotto and A. M. York. 2013. Double exposure in the Sunbelt: The sociospatial distribution of vulnerability in Phoenix, Arizona. Pp. 159-178 In: Boone, C. G. and M. Fragkias eds., Urbanization and Sustainability: Linking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change. Springer. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York, London. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5666-3.


Nelson, M. C., M. Hegmon, K. W. Kintigh, A. P. Kinzig, B. A. Nelson, J. M. Anderies, D. A. Abbott, K. A. Spielmann, S. E. Ingram, M. A. Peeples, S. A. Kulow, C. A. Strawhacker and C. A. Meegan. 2012. Long-term vulnerability and resilience: Three examples from archaeological study in the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico. In: Cooper, J. and P. Sheets eds., Learning to Live with Climate Change: Understanding Hazards, Mitigating Impacts, Avoiding Disasters.


Hegmon, M., M. C. Nelson, K. Schollmeyer, M. Elliott and M. Diehl. 2006. Agriculture, mobility, and human impact in the Mimbres region of the United States Southwest. Pp. 107-121 In: Hantman, J. L. and R. Most eds., Vol 57.



Strawhacker, C. A., M. Hegmon, M. C. Nelson, M. Peeples, K. G. Schollmeyer and S. Swanson. 2008. Interaction and diversity in the Postclassic Mimbres World: Results of the 2007 field season. Poster presented March 19 at the 20th Anniversary Southwest Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.



Ingram, S. E., A. Dugmore, J. Areborg, G. Hambrecht, M. Hegmon, K. W. Kintigh, T. H. McGovern, M. C. Nelson, R. Oram, M. Peeples, K. A. Spielmann and O. Vesteinsson. 2011. Climate hazards and social transformations in the North Atlantic region and in the U.S. Southwest, 900 to 1500 C.E. Presentation at the June 22-26 International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences Conference, Iceland.


Hegmon, M., M. C. Nelson, M. Peeples, C. M. Meegan, S. A. Kulow and A. P. Kinzig. 2007. Human and regional-scale perspectives on social transformation in the US Southwest: Hohokam, Mimbres, and Mesa Verde. Presentation April 26-29 at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, TX.