Bradley J. Parker is associate professor of archaeology in the Department of History at the University of Utah. Bradley earned his Ph.D. from the Institute of Archaeology at The University of California, Los Angeles in 1998. His first book, Mechanics of Empire, was published by the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project at the University of Helsinki in 2001. Shortly after completing his dissertation, Bradley founded the Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project (UTARP). As director of UTARP, Bradley conducted surveys and excavations at several sites in the Upper Tigris River region of southeastern Turkey. Between 2000 and 2011, this fieldwork concentrated on the four-hectare multiperiod mound of Kenan Tepe. Bradley's current research is taking him in new directions. Unrest in the Middle East has compelled him to take up a long- standing interest in the ancient Andes, where he began conducting fieldwork in 2012. Current projects in the Andes include research on ethnoarchaeology and microarchaoelogy.