Ian Morris is a historian and archaeologist. He has excavated in Britain, Greece, and Italy, most recently as director of Stanford's dig at Monte Polizzo, a native Sicilian site from the age of Greek colonization. He began his career studying the rise of the Greek city-state, then moved on to ancient economics, and now works on global history since the Ice Age. His book Why the West Rules--For Now (2010) was translated into thirteen languages, and his most recent publication, War! What is it Good For? (2014), into five. Princeton University Press will publish his next book, Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve, in 2015. In addition to digging and writing, he gives regular talks to academic, business, government, and strategy groups, and has served at Stanford as chair of the Classics department, director of the Archaeology Center, and Senior Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences. He has won a Dean's Award for excellence in teaching and a number of literary awards, and is a fellow of the British Academy and the Society of Antiquaries. He lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his wife, two dogs, seven cats, two horses, and a peacock.