Brian ClarkVisiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Joined faculty in 2019

BA: Pennsylvania State University

MA: Rice University

PhD: Rice University

Contact Information

Stern Hall

Scholarly Interest

I am interested in complex civilizations in East Africa, though particularly post-Aksumite Ethiopia.  There I continue to focus on the history and archaeology of church-state relations, the institution of mobile capitals, and the diversity of urban forms found in Africa.

Teaching Experience

Adjunct: Univesity of Houston-Clear Lake (2012-2019), primarily in their "Academics for Offenders" Program at W.F. Ramsey Unit Prison.


Beside the archaeology of post-Aksumite Ethiopia in and around areas like Lalibela, my research has also focused on geoarchaeology, landscape formation processes and archaeological site formation, and landscape historical ecology in the Horn. 

I am in the preliminary reconaissance phase of two prospective research projects in Ethiopia at historically documented royal capitals.

Courses Taught

Currently teaching: World Prehistory; Early Cities

Prospective classes taught at previous institutions: Experimental Archaeology and Paleotechnology; Intro to African Archaeology/Prehistory; Afrofuturism


The Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA), Treasurer: 2016-present