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Dr. Chip Colwell is senior curator of anthropology in the Museum’s Department of Anthropology. He received his PhD from Indiana University, and has held fellowships with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Rockefeller Foundation, and J. William Fulbright Program. He has served on the editorial boards of American Anthropologist, American Antiquity, and the International Journal of Cultural Property. He was coeditor of Museum Anthropology from 2009 to 2012 and was elected to the Society for American Archaeology board of directors. Numerous grants have supported his research, including from the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has published more than 50 academic articles and book chapters and 11 books. His work has been highlighted in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Archaeology magazine, BBC, and TED. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Gordon R. Willey Prize of the American Anthropological Association, Mountain-Plains Museums Association Leadership and Innovation Award, Colorado Book Award, and two National Council on Public History Book Awards. In 2016, as the founding editor-in-chief, he launched SAPIENS, an online magazine about anthropological thinking and discoveries, and serves as cohost of the SAPIENS podcast.
Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America's Culture. University of Chicago Press (2017)
“Can Museums Heal History’s Wounds?” The New York Times (2019)
“Lesson from Brazil: Museums Are Not Forever.” The Conversation (2018)
“The Struggle to Protect a Tree at the Heart of Hopi Culture.” SAPIENS (2017)
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