Lauren Kohut

Affiliation: Anthropology
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Lauren Kohut is an anthropological archaeologist working in the Andes of Peru. Her work focuses on a dynamic period of social and political change often characterized by violent conflict leading up to and following the expansion of the Inka Empire. Her research in the Colca Valley focuses on hilltop fortifications (known as pukaras) to understand what they reveal not only about patterns of conflict, but also about the communities, alliances, and other cooperative relationships forged during times of war. Her scholarship uses Geographic Information Systems, spatial analytics, and digital archaeology to investigate how conflict and cooperation are mediated through and transform the landscape.


  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • MA, Vanderbilt University
  • AB, Bryn Mawr College