Jayur Madhusudan Mehta is an anthropological archaeologist and his research focuses on human-environment interactions and monumentality in the New World, especially in and around the Lower Mississippi Valley and Mississippi River Delta. He is skilled in geoarchaeology, ethnohistory, and the archaeology of complex societies. He currently teaches at Florida State University as an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department. Previously, he has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts in the Humanities department and at Tulane University in both the Anthropology and Environmental Studies departments. He has taught field and classroom-based courses, in topics ranging from culture history, to archaeological methods, to environmental studies.