Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

John W. Hoopes

Richard E. Greenleaf Distinguished Visiting Professor

Contact Info

  • B.A., Archaeology, Yale University, 1980
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard University, 1987
Academic Experience
  • Visiting Professor, Tulane University, 2017-
  • Professor, Anthropology, University of Kansas, 1989-
  • Chair, Anthropology, University of Kansas, 2015-2017
  • Director, Indigenous Studies, University of Kansas, 2008-2011
  • Associate Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas, 2001-2008, 2013-2015
  • Acting Director, Center of Latin American Studies, University of Kansas, 1997-1998

Research & Teaching Specializations: Archaeology. Central America. Chibchan Culture.

Related Experience
  • Adjunct Research Associate, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas, 2008-
  • Director, Golfito Archaeological Project, University of Kansas, 1990-1993
  • Ceramic Specialist and Excavation Supervisor, Proyecto Prihistorico Arenal, Costa Rica, 1984-1987
  • KU-UCR Partnership Award, Office of International Programs, University of Kansas, 2010
  • Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2009
  • KU-UCR Partnership Award, Office of International Programs, University of Kansas, 2007-2008
  • Fulbright Senior Research Grant, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars of Latin American Republics Program, Universidad de Costa Rica, 1996
  • Spanish
  • French (reading)
Overseas Experience
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Peru
Selected Publications
  • 2017. ‘€œMagical Substances in the Land Between the Seas.‘€ In Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas (Joanne Pillsbury, Timothy Potts, and Kim N. Richter, eds.) Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute.
  • 2014. Undressing the Formative. In Wearing Culture: Dress and Regalia in Early Mesoamerica and Central America (Heather Orr & Matthew Looper, eds.) Boulder: University Press of Colorado, pp. 447-477.
  • 2012. ‘€œSeventies Dreams and 21st Century Realities: The Emergence of 2012 Mythology‘€ (with Kevin Whitesides). Zeitschrift für Anomalistik. 12: 50-74.
  • 2011. Imagining Human Alteration of Ancient Landscapes in Central and South America. In The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindian Research: Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare (Richard J. Chacon and Rubén G. Mendoza, eds.), New York: Springer, pp. 235-237.
  • 2011. Culturas Chibchas del Litoral Caribe: Explorando Conexiones Precolombinas entre Colombia y Costa Rica. In La Arqueología del Área Intermedia (Cristóbal Gnecco and Victor González, eds.), Bogota: Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e História, pp. 367-412.
  • 2011. New Age Sympathies and Scholarly Complicities: The History and Promotion of 2012 Mythology. Archaeoastronomy:The Journal of Astronomy and Culture 24: 180-201.
  • 2011. ‘€œConquest, Imagination, and the Dawn of the Modern Age.‘€ In To Capture the Sun: Gold of Ancient Panama. 11-43. Tulsa: Gilcrease Museum.
  • 2009. ‘€œViolent Acts of Curing: Precolumbian Metaphors of Birth and Sacrifice in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Illness ‘€˜Writ Large‘€™ (with David Mora-Marín).‘€ In Blood and Beauty: Organized Violence in the Art and Archaeology of Mesoamerica and Central America. Heather Orr and Rex Koontz, eds. 291-330. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.
  • 2009. ‘€œFrom Tiwanaku to Machu Picchu: Ushnus and the Architecture of Creation.‘€ In Tiwanaku: Papers from the 2005 Mayer Center Symposium at the Denver Art Museum. Margaret Young-Sánchez, ed. 247-272. Denver Art Museum.
  • 2007. ‘€œSorcery and the Taking of Trophy Heads in Ancient Costa Rica.‘€ In The Taking and Displaying of Human Body Parts as Trophies by Amerindians. Richard J. Chacon and David H. Dye, eds. 444-480. New York: Springer.
  • 2005. ‘€œThe Emergence of Social Complexity in the Chibchan World of Southern Central America and Northern Colombia, AD 300-600.‘€ Journal of Archaeological Research. 13(1):1-47.
  • 2004. ‘€œAtravesando Fronteras y Explorando la Iconografía Sagrada de los Antiguos Chibchas en Centroamérica Meridional y Colombia Septentrional.‘€ Arqueología del Área Intermedia. No. 6, pp. 129-166.
  • 2003. Gold and Power in Ancient Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia (co-editor with Jeffrey Quilter). Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
  • 2003. ‘€œGoldwork and Chibchan Identity: Endogenous Change and Diffuse Unity in the Isthmo-Colombian Area‘€ (principal author with Oscar Fonseca Z.) In Gold and Power in Ancient Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia (Jeffrey Quilter and John Hoopes, eds.). Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., pp. 49-89.

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