Faculty Spotlight: Randy Haas

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Randy Haas is an archaeologist and assistant professor of anthropology. He earned his Ph.D. in 2014 from The University of Arizona. Prior to joining the UC Davis faculty in 2017, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Universities of Maryland and Wyoming. 

Dr. Haas studies the evolution of complex human behaviors among ancient forager societies. Before market and agricultural economies emerged around 10 thousand years ago, forager economies were the only human economies on the planet for some 200 thousand years. Dr. Haas uses the archaeological record of past forager societies to understand how our biology, cultures, and social organization evolved in forager contexts. His current work examines how early human populations of the Andes Mountains of Peru adapted to physically challenging alpine environments above 3800 meters in altitude and how cooperative social structures, potato and quinoa agriculture, and alpaca husbandry evolved between 12,000 and 3500 years ago.