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Mark D. McCoy

McCoy, Mark D.

Assistant Professor,  Anthropology

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Phone Number(s)
(408) 924-5542

Office Hours
T 10:30a-12:30p; 1:00p-3:00p


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Univ Of Cal-Berkeley, 2006
  • Master of Arts. Foreign Institution, 2000


Mark D. McCoy is an anthropological archaeologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Behavioral Sciences at San José State University. He received his PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and is a former lecturer at San José State. He has conducted archaeological field research on several Pacific island groups, including Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Republic of Palau, and across North America.

Dr. McCoy's research focuses on the development of complex, hierarchical societies on Pacific islands, especially the Hawaiian Islands. His research interests include social landscapes, agriculture, and paleodemography, and his methodological expertise is in the use of spatial technology, digital archaeology, and lithic analysis.

Prof. McCoy has chaired sessions at meetings of the Society for American Archaeology and the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology and presented, or co-authored presentations, for meetings of the American Anthropology Association and International Congress of Easter Island and Pacific Studies. Papers on his research have appeared in the Journal of Archaeological Science, Geoarchaeology, and the Journal of the Polynesian Society and he has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Arizona Memorial Museum Association.