Adam T. Smith is a founder of Project ArAGATS and Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University. Smith holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona's Department of Anthropology (1996) and an M.Phil. from the Social and Political Science Faculty at Cambridge University (1991). His research is currently focused on the emergence of complex societies in the South Caucasus and the materiality of political authority more broadly.
He is the author of The Political Landscape: Constellations of Authority in Early Complex Polities (California, 2003) and co-editor of Archaeology in the Borderlands: Investigations in Caucasia and Beyond (with Karen S. Rubinson, Cotsen Institute, 2003), Beyond the Steppe and the Sown: Proceedings of the 2002 University of Chicago Conference on Eurasian Archaeology (with David Peterson and Laura Popova, Brill, 2006), and Social Orders and Social Landscapes (with Laura Popova and Charles Hartley, CSP, 2007). Most recently, he is co-author, with Ruben Badalyan and Pavel Avetisyan, of the book The Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies, volume I: Regional Investigations in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Armenia (Oriental Institute Press, 2009).