About Nam C. Kim

Nam C. Kim received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kim’s research focuses on social evolution, political centralization and factors leading to sociopolitical complexity. As such, he is concerned with how different variables operate in the formation of complex polities and ancient states, factors such as ecology, trade interaction, agent-based strategies, ideology, coercive power, and warfare. With an additional background in political science and international affairs, he is also interested in using interdisciplinary approaches to elucidate the causes and social consequences of warfare and organized violence in various spatial and temporal settings. Currently, Dr. Kim’s work is geographically focused on Southeast Asia and specifically Vietnam. Since 2007, he has been conducting ongoing archaeological fieldwork at the Co Loa site of Vietnam’s Red River Delta. A heavily fortified, proto-urban site located near modern-day Hanoi, Co Loa is one of the largest prehistoric sites in Southeast Asia, and it may have been the seat of power for an early state-level society during the Iron Age. Ultimately, Dr. Kim plans to use the Co Loa case study as a starting point for cross-cultural research regarding warfare and social complexity both in Southeast Asia and worldwide.

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