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Who are the Experts?

Our warmest thanks to all our Panellists for their sterling support...

Professor Miguel León-PortillaThe Honorary President of our experts is Professor Miguel León-Portilla. The Grandfather of Aztec/Mexica (Náhuatl) Literature, his classic work The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest first appeared half a century ago, telling the story of the Conquest for the first time from the Aztec viewpoint.

Read more about Dr. León-Portilla’s life

Here are brief descriptions of our 94 experts - the silhouettes change to 'real people' when their first contributions are uploaded! That said, we respect the desire of some contributors to remain visually anonymous ...

Professor Manuel Aguilar-Moreno

Professor Manuel Aguilar-Moreno

Professor of Art History, California State University, Los Angeles (USA)

Dr. Patricia Rieff Anawalt

Dr. Patricia Rieff Anawalt

Founding Director, Center for the Study of Regional Dress,
Fowler Museum at UCLA, California (USA)
Very sadly Dr. Anawalt died on October 2nd. 2015

Professor Anthony Aveni

Professor Anthony Aveni

Russell Colgate Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology and Native American Studies, Colgate University, New York (USA)

Professor Ellen T. Baird

Professor Ellen T. Baird

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago (USA)

Dr. Elizabeth Baquedano

Dr. Elizabeth Baquedano

Lecturer at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University College London, Institute of Archaeology, Birkbeck College, University of London, and at the British Museum

Dr. William L. Barnes

Dr. William L. Barnes

Associate Professor of Art History, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Professor Juan José Batalla

Professor Juan José Batalla

Professor of American Anthropology, Department of History of the Americas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain); specialist in pre-Hispanic and colonial codices from central Mexico and in Aztec iconography

Penny Bateman

Penny Bateman

Penny Bateman worked for many years as a curator and education officer at the British Museum. She nows works in Canada as a museum education consultant. She is author of children’s books on the Aztecs and other ancient American cultures.

Professor Elizabeth Benson

Professor Elizabeth Benson

Former Director of Pre-Columbian Studies and Curator for the Pre-Columbian Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC (USA)

Professor Frances Berdan

Professor Frances Berdan

Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Ancient Materials Analysis, California State University San Bernardino (USA)

John Bierhorst

John Bierhorst

Editor-translator of Ballads of the Lords of New Spain, Cantares Mexicanos, and A Náhuatl-English Dictionary, which can be read at www.utdigital.org. Specialist interest: Aztec poetry

Dr. Arnd Adje Both

Dr. Arnd Adje Both

Scientific Researcher, Reiss Engelhorn Museum, Mannheim (Germany). Chair, Music Archaeology Study Group of the International Council for Traditional Music

Professor Warwick Bray

Professor Warwick Bray

Professor Emeritus, Institute of Archaeology, University College, London

Dr. Claudia Brittenham

Dr. Claudia Brittenham

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Art History, University of Chicago (USA)

Professor Gordon Brotherston

Professor Gordon Brotherston

Honorary Professor, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, University of Manchester and Research Professor, University of Essex

Professor Elizabeth M Brumfiel

Professor Elizabeth M Brumfiel

Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (USA) Very sadly, Professor Brumfiel died on January 1st. 2012

Professor Louise Burkhart

Professor Louise Burkhart

Professor of Anthropology, The University at Albany, State University of New York (USA)

Professor David Carballo

Professor David Carballo

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Archaeology, Boston University (USA)

Professor Davíd Carrasco

Professor Davíd Carrasco

Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, University of Harvard Divinity School, with a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (USA)

Dr. Caroline Cartwright

Dr. Caroline Cartwright

Senior Scientist, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, British Museum, specialising in scientific analysis of organics including wood, charcoal, fibres and other plant remains, shell, ivory and bone.

Dr. Ximena Chávez Balderas

Dr. Ximena Chávez Balderas

Doctoral candidate in Anthropology at Tulane University, and Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Washington (USA)

Professor Michael Coe

Professor Michael Coe

Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at Yale University, and Curator Emeritus in Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, Connecticut (USA)

Dr. José Contel

Dr. José Contel

Professor in the Department of Hispanic and Hispano-American Studies, University of Toulouse, and researcher in the Research Institute IRIEC Toulouse; specialist in Nahua religion (gods, myths and rites) (France).

Professor Michael Costeloe

Professor Michael Costeloe

Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University of Bristol

Dr. Catherine DiCesare

Dr. Catherine DiCesare

Associate Professor and Area Coordinator, Art History, Department of Art and Art History, Colorado State University (USA)

Professor Richard A. Diehl

Professor Richard A. Diehl

Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (USA)

Professor Lori Boornazian Diel

Professor Lori Boornazian Diel

Associate Professor of Art History, School of Art, Texas Christian University (USA)

Dr. Caroline Dodds Pennock

Dr. Caroline Dodds Pennock

Lecturer in International History, University of Sheffield

Professor Davide Domenici

Professor Davide Domenici

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of History and Cultures, University of Bologna (Italy)

Dra. Élodie Dupey García

Dra. Élodie Dupey García

Doctora en historia de las religiones y antropología religiosa. Es postdoctorante del Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas de la UNAM (México). Estudia las prácticas y las creencias religiosas relacionadas con los colores y los olores entre los nahuas del Posclásico (Mexico).

Dr. Kitty F. Emery

Dr. Kitty F. Emery

Associate Curator, Environmental Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville (USA)

Professor Susan Toby Evans

Professor Susan Toby Evans

Professor of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University (USA)

Professor Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Professor Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Professor of History, TUFTS University, Medford, Massachusetts (USA), Professorial Fellow of Queen Mary College, University of London

Dr. Laura Filloy Nadal

Dr. Laura Filloy Nadal

Senior Conservator and Researcher at the Museo Nacional de Antropología, INAH, Mexico City (Mexico)

Professor Susan D. Gillespie

Professor Susan D. Gillespie

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville (USA)

Professor Elizabeth Graham

Professor Elizabeth Graham

Professor of Mesoamerican Archaeology at University College, London

Dr. Salvador Guilliem Arroyo

Dr. Salvador Guilliem Arroyo

Lead Archaeologist and Director, Tlatelolco Zone Archaeology Project, 1987-2012, INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia), Mexico City (Mexico)

Dr. Joanne Harwood

Dr. Joanne Harwood

Assistant Director, University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art (UECLAA)

Dr. Ross Hassig

Dr. Ross Hassig

Independent scholar, historical anthropologist, specializing in Mesoamerica, especially the Aztecs, focusing primarily on political, economic, and military issues.

Professor Michael Heinrich

Professor Michael Heinrich

Head of Centre and Professor, Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London; specialist in ethnobotany of indigenous groups in Mesoamerica

Dr. Manuel A. Hermann Lejarazu

Dr. Manuel A. Hermann Lejarazu

Full-time researcher, CIESAS (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social), Mexico City. Specialist in the analysis of Mixtec codices and documents (Mexico)

Pat Hoodless

Pat Hoodless

Senior Lecturer specialising in History at the Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, and advisor to the QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) on Schemes of Work for History

Professor Dorothy Hosler

Professor Dorothy Hosler

Professor of Archaeology and Ancient Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA)

Nicholas James

Nicholas James

Independent scholar, consultant in the presentation of history
and archaeology, writer and lecturer

Professor Maarten E.R.G.N. Jansen

Professor Maarten E.R.G.N. Jansen

Chair of the ‘Heritage of Indigenous Peoples’, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University (The Netherlands)

Professor Patrick Johansson

Professor Patrick Johansson

Researcher in Pre-Columbian History, Institute of Historical Research, and Professor of Nahuatl Literature, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, National University of Mexico (UNAM) (Mexico)

Dr. Frances Karttunen

Dr. Frances Karttunen

Retired Professor of Linguistics and Senior University Research Scientist, Linguistics Research Centre, University of Texas (USA)

Professor Cecelia F. Klein

Professor Cecelia F. Klein

Professor of Art History, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) (USA)

Professor Andrew Laird

Professor Andrew Laird

Professor of Classics and Humanities, Professor of Hispanic Studies,
Brown University, Rhode Island (USA)

Professor Jaime Lara

Professor Jaime Lara

Senior Research Professor, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University, Phoenix (USA)

Dr. Tim Laughton

Dr. Tim Laughton

Department of Art History, Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Essex. Very sadly Dr. Laughton died early in 2009

Professor Miguel León-Portilla

Professor Miguel León-Portilla

Emeritus Professor of History, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (Mexico) Honorary President

Professor Patrick Lesbre

Professor Patrick Lesbre

Doctor en Antropología (Escuela de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales, EHESS, Paris) y en Estudios Latinoamericanos (Universidad de Toulouse). Profesor catedrático en la Universidad de Toulouse-Le Mirail. Especialista en Tezcoco y el area acolhua prehispánica y colonial (códices, crónicas, nobleza indígena) (France)

Dr. Adrian Locke

Dr. Adrian Locke

Exhibitions Curator, Royal Academy of Arts, London; curator of the major RA exhibition Aztecs (2002-3)

Dr. Leonardo López Luján

Dr. Leonardo López Luján

Senior Professor and Researcher at the Museo del Templo Mayor, INAH, Mexico City and Director of the Templo Mayor Project (Mexico)
http://www.mesoweb.com/about/leonardo.html

Dr. Alfredo López Austin

Dr. Alfredo López Austin

Researcher (Emeritus), Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma (UNAM), Mexico City (Mexico)

Professor James Maffie

Professor James Maffie

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy Affiliate, Latin American Studies Center, University of Maryland (USA)

Professor Joyce Marcus

Professor Joyce Marcus

Professor of Anthropology and Elman R. Service Professor of Cultural Evolution, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Curator of Latin American Archaeology, University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology (USA)

Professor Jennifer Mathews

Professor Jennifer Mathews

Professor of Anthropology in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Trinity University, Texas (USA)

Dr. Colin McEwan

Dr. Colin McEwan

Director of Pre-Columbian Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington (USA)

Dr. Katarzyna Mikulska

Dr. Katarzyna Mikulska

Research Professor at the Institute for Iberic and Ibero-American Studies, University of Warsaw; specialist in religious pre-Hispanic codices and Nahua religion (Poland)

Professor Mary Miller

Professor Mary Miller

Sterling Professor of History of Art, Yale University, New Haven (USA)

Dr. Luz María Mohar Betancourt

Dr. Luz María Mohar Betancourt

Senior Researcher in Social Anthropology, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores (CIESAS), Mexico City (Mexico). Director of research projects Machiyotl, Amoxcalli, Tetlacuilolli

Professor Barbara E. Mundy

Professor Barbara E. Mundy

Professor of Art History, Fordham University; Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, 2015-2016, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (USA)

Dr. Francisco Xavier Nóguez Ramírez

Dr. Francisco Xavier Nóguez Ramírez

Senior Researcher, Centro de Estudios Históricos, El Colegio Mexiquense, Zinacantepec, Estado de México. Specialist in Mexican codices (Mexico)
http://www.cmq.edu.mx/index.php/investigacionmen/investigadores/54-investigacion/curriculums/76-cvxnoguez

Professor Guilhem Olivier

Professor Guilhem Olivier

Research Professor, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (Mexico)


Professor Bernard Ortiz de Montellano

Professor Bernard Ortiz de Montellano

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Wayne State University (USA). Very sadly Professor Ortiz de Montellano died on December 2nd., 2016

Professor Esther Pasztory

Professor Esther Pasztory

Professor in Pre-Columbian Art History, Director of Art Humanities, Columbia University, New York (USA)

Professor John M. D. Pohl

Professor John M. D. Pohl

Adjunct Professor, Department of Art History at UCLA, California (USA)

Professor José Rabasa

Professor José Rabasa

Long Term Visiting Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA)

Professor Matthew Restall

Professor Matthew Restall

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Latin American History, Pennsylvania State University (USA)

Professor Cecilia Rossell

Professor Cecilia Rossell

Professor of Mexican Codices, CIESAS (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social)/CONACYT, Mexico City; specialist in pre-Columbian Aztec and Mixtec codices from central and southern Mexico

Dr. Susanna Rostas

Dr. Susanna Rostas

Senior Research Associate, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Professor Mike Ruggeri

Professor Mike Ruggeri

Professor Emeritus City Colleges of Chicago. Moderator of the Aztlan listserv, the oldest and largest Ancient Americas listserv on the web. Maintains 26 web pages on all aspects of the Ancient Americas. Serves on the Board of the Chicago Archaeological Society and The Illinois State Archaeology Board (USA)

Professor Alan R. Sandstrom

Professor Alan R. Sandstrom

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Indiana (USA)

Dr. Pamela E. Sandstrom

Dr. Pamela E. Sandstrom

Associate Librarian Emerita, Walter E. Helmke Library, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) (USA)

Dr. Nicholas Saunders

Dr. Nicholas Saunders

Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, School of Arts, University of Bristol

Chloe Sayer

Chloe Sayer

Author, exhibition curator and international expert on Mexican crafts and textile traditions

Dr. John F. Schwaller

Dr. John F. Schwaller

Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Albany, State University of New York (USA)

Professor Michael E. Smith

Professor Michael E. Smith

Professor of Anthropology, School of Human Evolution & Social Change, Arizona State University (USA)

Professor David Stuart

Professor David Stuart

Schele Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin; Director, the Mesoamerica Centre and Casa Herrera (Antigua, Guatemala); Research Associate, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University (USA)

Professor Eric Taladoire

Professor Eric Taladoire

Professor Emeritus, Archaeology of the Americas Department, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris (France)

Professor Karl Taube

Professor Karl Taube

Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of California at Riverside (USA)

Professor Camilla Townsend

Professor Camilla Townsend

Professor of History, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey (USA)

Professor Vania Smith-Oka

Professor Vania Smith-Oka

Nancy O’Neill Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana (USA)

Dr. Mark Van Stone

Dr. Mark Van Stone

Speaker, author, Maya expert, Professor of Art History, Southwestern College, Kansas (USA)
http://markvanstone.com/

Professor Khristaan Villela

Professor Khristaan Villela

Research Professor of Art History, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and Scholar in Residence at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA)

Dr. Eleanor Wake

Dr. Eleanor Wake

Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies, Department of Spanish, Birkbeck College, University of London.
Very sadly Dr. Wake died in August 2013

Dr. Jane Walsh

Dr. Jane Walsh

Museum Anthropologist, specializing in Mexican archaeology & ethnohistory, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington (USA)

Professor Gordon Whittaker

Professor Gordon Whittaker

Professor, Linguistische Anthropologie und Altamerikanistik,
Seminar für Romanische Philologie, Universität Göttingen (Germany)

Michael Wood

Michael Wood

Historian, Writer and Presenter

Professor Stephanie Wood

Professor Stephanie Wood

Co-Director Wired Humanities Project and Professor of History, University of Oregon (USA); principal scholar, Gender in Early Mesoamerica and Virtual Mesoamerican Archive online databases.

Professor Andrew R. Wyatt

Professor Andrew R. Wyatt

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Middle Tennessee State University (USA)

Our In-House Team

Our In-House Team

From time to time the Mexicolore team provide short, factual answers to questions not requiring full, scholarly contributions...