I am currently the Assistant Curator for Art of the Ancient Americas in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York. As an anthropologist curator in a fine art museum, my long-term goals are: to reconceive Precolumbian art in the encyclopedic museum by starting new conversations between and about works in the Met’s galleries; providing deeper descriptions and interpretation of works in The Collection Online and in traditional publications; and curate special exhibitions of Precolumbian art for the Met’s vast domestic and international audience.
In the past, I held an appointment as a Post-Doctoral Associate in Pre-Columbian Studies at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. I have taught a variety of courses, including the spring 2014 seminar, Environmental History of Pre-Columbian Latin America, in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In the fall of 2013, I taught a seminar on Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture in the Department of Art and Art History.
I earned my Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at Brown University and am originally from Memphis, TN. I received my M.A. in anthropology from Brown University and my B.A. in anthropology from Vanderbilt University. My research focuses on the archaeology of Mesoamerica, specifically monumental architecture and art during the Preclassic Maya period (ca. 1000 BC – AD 250).
My field project from 2008-2012 at the site of El Palmar, Petén, Guatemala, was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, with practical support provided by the Casa Herrera of the Mesoamerica Center, University of Texas at Austin.