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Native American & Indigenous Studies Faculty at Penn


The NAIS Faculty Advisory Group serves as a steering committee for the NAIS Initiative. All of the following faculty at Penn are available to advise individual NAIS students in their respective disciplines and areas of expertise.

NAIS Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Katherine Moore, Practice Professor of Anthropology, Undergraduate Chair.
Research: Cultural ecology of animal production, pastoralist and hunter-gatherers, craft production in animal materials, in South America, North America, and Central Asia. Teaching zooarchaeology, ethnoarchaeology, archaeology of food.
Email:      Phone: (215) 898-6306

Dr. Margaret M. Bruchac, Professor Emerita of Anthropology.
Research: Native American material culture and performance; museum representation and repatriation; Indigenous archaeologies and cultural heritage; Algonkian oral traditions; Haudenosaunee and Algonkian wampum ceremonialism.
Email:      Phone: (215) 898-6989

Dr. Brian Daniels, Director of Research and Programs for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology.
Research: conflict, cultural loss, and human rights violations; community-based approaches to cultural heritage preservation; Indigenous rights and recognition.
Email:     Phone: (215) 898-4052

Dr. Megan Kassabaum, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Weingarten Assistant Curator, Penn Museum.
Research: Prehistoric Native America; mound-building cultures and monument construction; ceremonialism and communal ritual feasting; foodways and ceramic technology; field school in archaeology.
Email:      Phone: (215) 898-4034

Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center.
Research: Mesoamerica; complex societies; archaeological theory and method; the intellectual history of archaeology in the USA.
Email:      Phone: (215) 573-1202

NAIS Penn Museum Advisor:

Dr. Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator and Sabloff Keeper of Collections, American Section, Penn Museum.
Research: Native American material culture and meaning; representation; collaborative methodologies; Pueblo textiles.
Email:     Phone: (215) 898-4048