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2019 Moynihan junior faculty award to be given to Pezzarossi

May 8, 2019

Guido Pezzarossi

Guido Pezzarossi

Douglas V. Armstrong

Douglas V. Armstrong

This year's Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research, recognizing outstanding non-tenured faculty members at the Maxwell School, will be given to Guido Pezzarossi, assistant professor of anthropology.

The award will be presented at the Maxwell School’s annual Graduate Convocation Ceremony on Friday, May 10, in Hendricks Chapel. As a new Moynihan Award winner, Pezzarossi will be the featured speaker at Convocation.

The Moynihan Award was established in 1985 by its namesake, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who had once been a junior faculty member at Maxwell himself, prior to his celebrated career in the U.S. Senate. In creating the award, Moynihan described the crucial importance of retaining promising young faculty members, and funded the award to help Maxwell do so.

Pezzarossi has established himself as a scholar who carries out innovative, engaging, and thoughtful research that has been published in article and book chapter form in a range of well-respected venues. He is nearing completion of a book manuscript: An Archaeology of Capitalist Colonial Assemblages: Power, Labor, Markets and Consumption in Colonial Guatemala (under contract with Springer Academic Press). The study integrates Pezzarossi’s archaeological studies of colonial Guatemala with literatures on colonial and capitalist history of Central America. Pezzarossi has published several book chapters including: “Tribute, Antimarkets and Consumption: An Archaeology of Capitalist Effects in Colonial Guatemala” in Archaeology of Culture Contact and Colonialism in Spanish and Portuguese America (Springer, New York, 2015).  He recently co-authored a piece, “Between the South Sea and the Mountainous Ridges: Biopolitical Assemblages in the Spanish Colonial Americas.,” published in the Journal of Post-Medieval Archaeology (2018, Vol. 52, Issue 1, Special Issue).

Guido possesses a breadth of strengths that is anchored in outstanding scholarship and communication skills and amplified by excellent writing and a commitment to research, teaching, and scholarship,” said Doug Armstrong, chair of anthropology, who nominated Pezzarossi for the Moynihan award. “He is a strong contributor to the department, college, and university.”


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