Dr. Brian Boyd
is Co-Director (with Prof. Nadia Abu El-Haj) of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. He is a professor of Anthropology/Archaeology and directs the Columbia M.A. Program in Museum Anthropology. He received his undergraduate M.A. (Hons.) degree in archaeology/anthropology from Glasgow University in 1991, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1996. He taught in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter, from 1997-2006. He works on the prehistory of southwest Asia, with a focus on archaeology and politics in Palestine/Israel. He writes on critical human-animal studies, gender/queer theory, and sound studies. His current fieldwork takes place in the Palestinian Territories (West Bank), where he co-directs (with Dr. Hamed Salem) a Columbia University/Birzeit University community archaeology and museum anthropology project focusing in and around the town of Shuqba, northwest of Ramallah.