Zach Chase, Assistant Professor

Department: Anthropology


Office: 882 SWKT


Zach was born in and raised in Laie, Hawaii, graduated from Kahuku High School, and served a two-year LDS mission in Colombia. Zach studied and later lectured in History at BYU Hawaii. He and his wife, Anne Marie (Fuller) met at BYU Hawaii, have been married for nearly fifteen years, and have three children: a daughter, Sloan (7), and two sons, Sidon (4) and Calvin (6 months). Zach’s graduate studies at The University of Chicago are culminating in two doctoral degrees, one in Anthropology and one in History. He has been Visiting Faculty in Anthropology at BYU for just over a year.


  • Ph.D. in Anthropology from The University of Chicago, 2016
  • Ph.D. in History from The University of Chicago, 2016
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology/History from The University of Chicago, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts in History from Brigham Young University Hawaii, 1999

Research Interests

Prehispanic and Colonial Americas (specifically Andean South America); Archaeology of Religion, Ritual, and Performance; Historical Anthropology; Archaeology of Empire and Colonization; Semiotics, Writing, and other Sign Systems