Matthew Piscitelli is an archaeologist by training, a National Geographic grantee, and a veteran of the National Geographic staff. After earning his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Matthew taught at Loyola University and Concordia University while maintaining a Research Associate position at the Field Museum. He has led expeditions to Peru, Bolivia, and Greece. His current research focuses on the role of religion in the development of early civilizations across the globe. Matthew spent two years as a Program Officer at the National Geographic Society, where he oversaw grantmaking in archaeology and paleoanthropology (human origins) before moving to Minnesota.