RAFAEL GASSON was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He is Researcher and Chairperson of the Laboratory of Epistemology at the Anthropology at the Centro de Antropologia, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Caracas. He obtained the title of Anthropologist (Magna Cum Laude) from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1988 and his titles of Master of Arts (1994), Certificate in Latin American Studies (1997) and Ph.D. degree (1998) from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
His research interests include lowland South American archaeology and cultural ecology, history of archaeology in Latin America, and the philosophy of the social sciences. He has published more than 30 articles on the archaeology and ethnohistory of the prehistoric complex societies of the western lowlands of Venezuela, as well as two books (as a co-editor) on the archaeology and ethnography of the Orinoco.
Currently he teaches Venezuelan Archaeology, Anthropology of Lowland South America, World Prehistory, and Epistemology of Anthropology at the Graduate Program in Anthropology at IVIC. Currently he is working as Director of a trans-disciplinary project on the impact of climatic change and human occupation on the forest-savanna mosaics of the Orinoco Basin, and Vice-President of the Venezuelan Anthropological Association (AVA).