Margaret Jackson

    Associate Professor, Art and Art History

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Dr. Jackson joined the Department of Art and Art History at The University of New Mexico in 2010, following her time at Otis College for Art and Design. Dr. Jackson has held position of Vice President for the Latin American and Iberian Institute’s Executive Committee. Receiving her doctorate in Pre-Columbian Art History, she is a scholar of art and visual communication in the ancient Americas. Dr. Jackson offers a variety of classes for undergraduate and graduate students. She has conducted field research in Peru focused on ceramic production at the site of Cerro Mayal in the Chicama Valley, and the Huaca de La Luna at Moche. Her research interests include the visual cultures of ancient Mesoamerica and studies of notation and visual literacy.


  • PhD in Art History, University of California, Los Angeles (2000)
  • MA in Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BFA in Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design

Research Areas

  • Art And Visual Communication In The Ancient Americas
  • Moche Imagery And Iconography
  • Notation and Visual Literacy
  • Visual Cultures, Notation, Visual Literacy

Country Specialization(s)

  • Ancient Americas
  • Mesoamerica

Latin American Studies Courses

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

  • ANTH/ARTH 420/540 Pre-Columb Art: Mesoamerica
  • ARTH 413/513 Pre-Columbia Central America & Northern South American, Caribbean Art
  • ANTH 420/570 Pre-Columbian Art: South America
  • ARTH 429/560 Pre-Colonial Art & the Public Image
  • ARTH 429/560 T: History of Pre Columbian Art
  • ARTH 485/585 Ancient Americas Curatorial Methods & Research
  • ANTH 403/503 Native American Art II