Professor - Anthropology
- B.A., Stanford University, Anthropology, 1977
- M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, Anthropology, 1980
- Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, Anthropology, 1987
- Professor, Tulane University, 2009-
- Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2000-2009
- Visiting Professor, Yale University, 2000
- Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1994-2000
- Assistant Professor, George Washington University, 1992-1994
Research & Teaching Specializations: Peru; Physical Anthropology; Bioarchaeology; Paleopathpology; Forensic Anthropology
- Co-director of Excavation and Lab Director, Platform III, Pyramids of Moche, northern Peru, 2012
- Conducted osteological analysis of human skeletal remains from site of Marcajirca, Callejón de Conchucos, Department of Ancash, Peru, 2011
- Conducted osteological analysis of human skeletal remains from Platform III, Huaca de la Luna, and from excavations at Huaca Prieta, Chicama Valley, 2008-2009
- Director of Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains, funerary platform at Huaca Rajada/Sipán at the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, Lambayeque, Peru, 2007
- Visiting Lecturer and Field/Lab Supervisor, Harvard University Summer Program in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, 2006
- Fellowship in Pre-Columbian Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 2006-2007
- Summer Faculty Research Fellowships, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012
- National Geographic Society Research Grants, 2000-2001, 2005-2006
- Fulbright Lecturer, Peru, 1989, 1996
- Performance Award, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 1993
- 2014. Scherer, Andrew, and John W. Verano (editors). Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places: War in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes. Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia.
- 2011. “Human Skeletal Remains from Chotuna.” In Chotuna and Chornancap: The Excavation of an Ancient Peruvian Legend. Ed. Christopher B. Donnan. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, pp. 185-194.
- 2011. “Estudio bioantropológico de los restos humanos del Sector II, Punta Lobos, valle de Huarmey. With J. Marla Toyne. In Arqueología de la Costa de Ancash. ANDES 8: Boletín del Centro de Estudios Precolombinos de la Universidad de Varsovia. Ed. M. Giersz. pp. 421-446. Varsovia, Poland; Lima Peru: l'Institut français d'études andines.
- 2011. “Human Remains.” With Jack Rossen. In From Foraging to Farming in the Andes: New Perspectives on Food Production and Social Organization. Ed. Tom Dillehay. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 163-175.
- 2008. “Cranioplasty in Ancient Peru: A critical review of the evidence, and a unique case from the Cuzco Area.” With Andrushko, V.A. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 18: 1-11.
Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Forensic Anthropology; Principles of Forensic Anthropology; Human Paleopathology; Bones, Bodies and Disease; Bioarchaeology of Mummies
Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 8
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LATEST SITE UPDATES
- Angola and Guantánamo: Art and Incarceration
- MARI Brown Bag: Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown "Maya Boomtown Archaeology? Recent and Future Investigations at Alabama, Belize"
- Geometry, gigantism, and lacquerware, or, the origins of social hierarchy
- Chep Morrison: Reconnecting New Orleans and Latin America
- LAGO Soccer Tournament Fall 2014
- Day of the Dead - New Orleans 2014
- "Norm Diffusion from the Global South" a talk by Kathryn Sikkink
- Shooting from the Hip: Mexico
- Connecting Day of the Dead Traditions Across the Americas: Haiti
- New Orleans as Subject
- MARI Brown Bag: Francisco Estrada-Belli "New Revelations on the Holmul Frieze and the Rise of the 'Kingdom of the North'"
- Screening of The Path of Stone Soup
- Tres Vidas: The Core Ensemble
- Alexey Martí & Urban Minds Latin Jazz Concert
- MARI Brown Bag: Robert Hill "Spanish Influences on Highland Maya Men's Traje"
- Day of the Dead and the Arts: A Workshop for K-12 Art Educators
- Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books
- Day of the Dead with the LPO: Pan American Life Fiesta Sinfonica: La Triste Historia
- Noon-Time Talk on Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 with Lucia Abramovic
- Wall Street Journal Publishes Stories on New Orleans Immigrant Population
- Global Research for Glick Fellows Highlights Latin America
- Guantánamo Exhibit Opens at Tulane
- Lustig presents at UNU-WIDER Conference in Helsinki
- 2014 Américas Award Workshop and Ceremony
- LAGO Graduate Student Conference Call for Abstracts
Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books
Américas Award K-12 Workshop
This hands-on workshop will explore issues of immigration and identity using children's literature. The workshop will feature the work of this year's Honorable Mention book, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh and Commended Title Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina. Both authors will be in attendance to work with teachers on activities and strategies to best engage young readers with the complexity of immigration as it relates to family, education, and identity. Teaching for Change will highlight additional resources to incorporate teaching Social Justice and Human Rights.
All participants will receive breakfast, teaching resources, and a book (a choice of one of the two featured titles, please indicate whether you’d prefer the picture book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote or the Young Adult title, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass). Participants are also invited to attend the Américas Award Ceremony to be held at the Library of Congress from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Also, a month-long exhibit of the original artwork from Parrots Over Puerto Rico will be on display at the Young Readers Center in The Library of Congress.
The Américas Award is sponsored by CLASP and coordinated by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Additional funding is provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, The Ohio State University, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Vanderbilt University.
For more information contact Denise Woltering (firstname.lastname@example.org) (504.865.5164)
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Geometry, gigantism, and lacquerware, or, the origins of social hierarchy
The Tulane Anthropology Student Association (TASA) presents a talk by Dr. William Balée, Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. The talk is entitled: “Geometry, gigantism, and lacquerware, or, the origins of social hierarchy.”
A reception will follow.
For more information contact TASA (email@example.com)
MARI Brown Bag: Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown "Maya Boomtown Archaeology? Recent and Future Investigations at Alabama, Belize"
Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown, a visiting scholar at MARI, will present new information about her research at the site of Alabama in southern Belize in a talk entitled “Maya Boomtown Archaeology? Recent and Future Investigations at Alabama, Belize”
M.A.R.I.‘s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Marcello Canuto (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.
Please remember to bring your lunch!
Day of the Dead and the Arts: A Workshop for K-12 Art Educators
The workshop will focus on how to provide students with information about Day of the Dead, Day of the Dead traditions, and celebrating Day of the Dead in the classroom. The workshop will involve hands-on activities, including activities which will translate into the classroom!
All participants will receive light refreshments and teaching materials. One teacher will have the opportunity to use a Day of the Dead altar kit, provided by the Latin American Resource Center. The kit has everything you need to celebrate Day of the Dead in your classroom!
For a complete schedule and more information on the presentations visit the workshop website or download a PDF version. The website also contains a link to the pre-workshop survey which should be filled out prior to arriving at the workshop.
Chep Morrison: Reconnecting New Orleans and Latin America
In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month the 2nd Thursday Lecture Series at the Louisiana State Museum will present a talk entitled “Chep Morrison: Reconnecting New Orleans and Latin America” by Robert Gray Freeland
Four times mayor of New Orleans, Morrison was probably the best-known US citizen in Latin America in his day. As a Mayor interested in expanding international trade, he created a distinct Latin flavor in his efforts. As Ambassador of the Organization of American States (OAS), Morrison played an important part in the Kennedy Administration implementation of a Good Neighbor policy and the Alliance for Progress.
Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 10 years of the festival! Please join us at the zoo to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina at the Zoo's Capital One Stage and Field will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand made crafts, and local social service, health and education organizations will offer wellness, education and social service information.
Celebración Latina is presented by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Contributing sponsors include Pan-American Life Insurance Group and Jefferson Financial Credit Union.
Celebración Latina is free with Zoo admission. No outside food or beverages please!
For more information please visit the Audubon website.