Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Victoria Bricker

Professor Emerita - Anthropology

Contact Info


  • B.A., Stanford University, Philosophy and Humanities, 1962
  • M.A., Harvard University, Anthropology, 1963
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Anthropology, 1968

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University, 1978-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1973-1978
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1970-1973
  • Visiting Lecturer, Tulane University, 1969-1970

Research & Teaching Specializations: Mexico; Anthropology; Mesoamerican Ethnohistory and Linguistics; Epigraphy; Ethnography

Related Experience

  • Chair, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University, 1988-1991
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Mayan Linguistics, 1978-
  • Series Editor, Supplement to Handbook of Middle American Indians, 1977-
  • Editor, American Ethnologist, 1973-1976


  • Elected to membership in American Philosophical Society, 2002
  • Elected to membership in the National Academy of Science, 1991
  • Editorial Board, Middle American Research Institute, 1981-
  • Executive Board, American Anthropological Association, 1980-


  • Spanish
  • Maya-Tzotzil
  • Maya-Yucatec

Selected Publications

  • 2004. “Unwinding the Rubber Ball: The Glyphic Expression nahb’ as a Numberical Classifier for ‘Handspan.’” With Markus Eberl. In Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing. No. 55. Washington, DC: Center for Maya Research.
  • 2003. “New Perspectives on the Madrid Codex.” With Gabrielle Vail et al. Current Anthropology. 44 (5): S105-S112.
  • 2002. An Encounter of Two Worlds: The Book of Chilam Balam of Kaua. With Helga-Maria Miram. Middle American Research Institute, Publication 68. New Orleans: Tulane University.
  • 1998. A Dictionary of the Maya Language as Spoken in Hocaba, Yucatan. With Eleuterio Po’ot Yah and Ofelia Dzul de Po’ot. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
  • 1997. Papers on the Madrid Codex. With Gabrielle Vail. Middle American Research Institute, Publication 64. New Orleans: Tulane University.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Cultural Anthropology; Spoken Yucatecan Maya; Social Structure; Aztec and Maya Literature; Ritual; Colonial Maya; Mesoamerican Divinatory Codices; Maya Archaeoastronomy

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 13