Loa Traxler

    Associate Professor, Anthropology
    Director, Museum Studies Program

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Dr. Loa Traxler received an appointment in the Department of Anthropology at The University of New Mexico in 2013. In addition to her work within the department, Traxler also serves as the Director of Museum Studies. Her experience includes over twenty-five years of excavation, survey, and collections management at sites throughout the world. She offers undergraduate and graduate level courses in both departments. She specializes in archaeological cultural heritage of the Americas, Mesoamerica, and Maya civilization, and her research focuses on the Americas, architecture and the built environment, archaeological collections, and public museums. 


  • PhD in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania (2004)
  • BA in Art, Manchester College (1985)
  • Deuxième degré in French Language and History, Université de Strasbourg (1984)

Research Areas

  • Archaeological Cultural Heritage of the Americas
  • Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Cultural Heritage and Public Museums
  • Maya Civilization
  • Museum Studies

Country Specialization(s)

  • Honduras
  • Mesoamerica

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • ANTH 371/570 Ancient Mexico