Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences at Brown University, with a primary appointment as Professor of Anthropology, Stephen Houston holds a Ph.D. 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.