Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences at Brown University, with a primary appointment as Professor of Anthropology, Stephen Houston holds a PHD and M.Phil from Yale University and an AB from the University of Pennsylvania. A recipient of several fellowships, including the MacArthur and Guggenheim, Houston has authored, co-authored, and edited a number of books, including The Memory of Bones: Body, Being, and Experience among the Classic Maya (with David Stuart and Karl Taube; see below), Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color (as senior author), and The Classic Maya (with Takeshi Inomata). He considers the origins, development, and extinction of writing systems in The Disappearance of Writing Systems (with John Baines and John Bennet) and, in an earlier volume, The First Writing, under his sole editorship. He is now working up the results from long-term excavations at the Classic Maya city of Piedras Negras, Guatemala, and has begun other research, with support from NEH and NSF, at the dynastic center of El Zotz, Guatemala.

  HOUSTON, STEPHEN, DAVID STUART, and KARL TAUBE
2006 The Memory of Bones: Body, Being, and Experience among the Classic Maya. Austin: University of Texas Press. (order information)
  HOUSTON, STEPHEN, CLAUDIA BRITTENHAM, CASSANDRA MESICK, ALEXANDRE TOKOVININE, and CHRISTINA WARINNER
2009 Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color. Austin: University of Texas Press. (order information)
  HOUSTON, STEPHEN D., and TAKESHI INOMATA
2009 The Classic Maya. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (order information)
  BAINES, JOHN, JOHN BENNET, and STEPHEN HOUSTON
2011 The Disappearance of Writing Systems. London: Equinox Publishing. (order information)
  HOUSTON, STEPHEN D., ed.
2004 The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (order information)