Dr. Jason Shapiro practiced law in Pennsylvania for 15 years before attending the Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology. His dissertation research focused on the arrangement of built spaces at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, a 14th – 15th century pueblo located near Santa Fe, New Mexico, and resulted in the publication of his first book, A Space Syntax Analysis of Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico: Community Formation in the Northern Rio Grande (SAR Press 2005). His second book, Before Santa Fe: The Archeology of the City Different (Museum of New Mexico Press 2009) is the first comprehensive synthesis of the archeology of the Santa Fe region. Additional academic degrees include an MSPH in Environmental Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in Geography from Clark University, Worcester, MA.
From 2000-2013, Dr. Shapiro taught a variety of Anthropology, Archeology, and History classes at Santa Fe Community College. He has also taught classes at the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Maryland, the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico Highlands University and the Renesan Institute of Lifelong Learning. For several years he was a member and Chair of the Archeological Review Committee for the City of Santa Fe. Dr. Shapiro is married to Christine Miracle and they live in Santa Fe where Dr. Shapiro writes and lectures on matters involving local archeology and history.