Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, professor of anthropology and curator of the American section of the Penn Museum, has been named the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the ancient Maya civilization. His other research interests include archaeological theory, the history of American archaeology, pre-industrial cities and settlement pattern studies.
Dr. Sabloff graduated magna cum laude from Penn in 1964 with honors in anthropology before going on to Harvard to complete his Ph.D. He returned to Penn in 1994 to serve as the Charles K. Williams II Director of the Museum. During his decade of leadership, he further strengthened the Museum’s national and international profile through research projects and traveling exhibitions. He also oversaw the growth of the Museum’s endowment and secured funding for the construction of the Mainwaring Wing for Collections Storage and Study.
He is the author or editor of more than 20 books and 130 articles, including Excavations at Seibal: Ceramics, The Cities of Ancient Mexico, The New Archaeology and the Ancient Maya and Ancient Civilizations: The Near East and Mesoamerica. He is working on a book, Why Archaeology? The Relevance of the Past in the Modern World, as well as a volume on ancient cities.
An elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Dr. Sabloff has also been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and London’s Society of Antiquaries. He was previously the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences (Almanac December 14, 2004).
This chair is one of five Browne Distinguished Professorships created by a $10 million gift from Christopher Browne, C ’69, to recognize faculty members who have achieved an extraordinary reputation for scholarly contributions and who have demonstrated great distinction in teaching and intellectual integrity. Mr. Browne, an SAS Overseer since 1982, became chairman in 1999; he has also been a Penn Trustee since 1991.
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 20, January 31, 2006