Dr Jean-Luc Houle
Jean-Luc is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, and director of the WKU Anthropology Lab.
His research focuses on the study of early complex societies with a particular emphasis on East Asia and the Eurasian steppe region. He is particularly interested in variables affecting changes in political economy, subsistence practices, mobility patterns, and the causes of the development of increasingly complex societies and social inequality among mobile pastoralists in Mongolia. Consequently his work investigates the social and ritual construction of landscapes and the sense of territoriality among mobile pastoralists, as well as on human-environment relationships and how all this relates to the development of complex societies.