Arthur Demarest

 
Arthur Demarest, Vanderbilt University

Arthur Demarest, Vanderbilt University

Arthur Demarest is the Ingram Chair of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University and Director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Mesoamerican Archaeology and Development.  He has led 37 field and lab seasons of large-scale multidisciplinary archaeological projects and authored or edited over 40 books or monographs and 200 articles or book chapters on the Aztec, Inca, Olmec, and Maya civilizations.  Prof. Demarest also teaches philosophy and ethics and directs Maya community development projects.  His most important professional awards have been his mixology school graduation diploma, making him a licensed bartender, and the sacrifice of a bull in his honor at a Maya Hacritual by the neighboring and collaborating Q’eqchi’Maya communities.