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 twenty years, and have three children, a daughter and two sons. Zach’s graduate studies at The University of Chicago culminated in two doctoral degrees, one in Anthropology and one in History. He has been Visiting and Assistant Professor in Anthropology at BYU since January 2015. He is currently also Graduate Faculty and affiliated with BYU's Center for Latin American Studies.
Research InterestsPrehispanic and Colonial Americas (specifically Andean South America); Pacific Islands (Hawaii); Archaeology of Religion, Ritual, and Performance; Historical Archaeology/Anthropology; Archaeology of Empire and Colonization; Semiotics, Writing, and other Media/Sign Systems
Teaching InterestsPrehispanic and Colonial Andes/Americas; Archaeological/Anthropological method and theory; Historical Anthropology/Archaeology; Archaeology of Religion, Ritual, and Performance; Archaeology of Empire and Colonization; Semiotics, Writing, and other Media/Sign Systems
Honors and Awards
- FHSS Faculty Researach Grant, College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, BYU (2019 - 2020)
- Rust/Shallit Research Award, BYU Anthropology Department (2019 - 2020)