My interests focus on a combination of archaeology, the politics and economics of complex society, empires, Andean South America, and applied analytic and quantitative methods. At a broad level, I am interested in examining the formation of empires and in understanding imperial/subject interactions. My field research addresses the formation of the Inka empire, state relationships with a wide array of subject societies, and the transformations that occurred in the overarching state and the subject groups as a consequence of imperial expansion. My principal work has been conducted in the central Peruvian highlands (1977-86) and in northwest Argentina (1990-present) In both regions, my collaborative studies examine settlement organization, domestic and political economy, and political relations, through combined survey, mapping, and excavation.
2004 The Incas: Inside an American Empire. The Modern Scholar Series. Recorded Books, New York.
2002. The Incas. Blackwell Publishers, Oxford.
2001. Empire and Domestic Economy. (T. D'Altroy, C. Hastorf, and Associates). Kluwer Academic / Plenum Press, New York.
2001. Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (eds. S. Alcock, T. D'Altroy, K. Morrison, and C. Sinopoli).
1992. Provincial Power in the Inka Empire. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.