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Kiri Hagerman

Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, UC San Diego

Residency: September 2016 – December 2016

Research Project: Domestic Ritual and Identity in the Teotihuacán State: Exploring Processes of Social Integration through Figurines

Research Interests: Mesoamerican archaeology, early states, archaeological anthropology, household archaeology, gender, ritual and social identity


Kiri Hagerman is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at UC San Diego, where she has spent nearly two years conducting fieldwork in Mexico and Belize. Her dissertation research regards the Basin of Mexico and explores the social processes involved in the emergence of the early state-level society of Teotihuacán, as well as the mechanisms whereby the state interacted with—and controlled—various regional populations that were absorbed during its territorial expansion.

Hagerman’s dissertation aims to expose whether or not Teotihuacán promoted a shared religious and cultural ideology and the extent to which local traditions of ritual practice, community identity and gender ideologies were affected by the emergence of the first regional state. Hagerman compares material culture from four sites in the Basin of Mexico to understand the relationships between the sites and changes that occurred in local practices and traditions during a period of intense sociopolitical change on a regional scale. This project is made possible through a grant from The Wenner-Gren Foundation.