Tom D. Dillehay is internationally recognized for ground-breaking and highly interdisciplinary scientific research. He is the Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Religion and Culture at Vanderbilt University. Many of research projects are in South America where he focuses mainly on human migration and the resulting transformative processes that lead to political, economic, social and technological changes among populations. As a historical anthropologist, he is interested in human society and culture and how they adapt or fail to adapt to new circumstances. His work has been featured in numerous publications and broadcast programs, including National Geographic, Scientific American, Nova, Discover, BBC, History Channel, Discovery Channel, NPR, and many other news outlets. He has lived for several years in different countries in Latin America, has authored 18 books and more than 200 journal articles, and has been a visiting professor at numerous universities around the world. He has received numerous international and national awards for his research and teaching and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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