Robert Preucel, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology, Brown University
Director of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Date appointed: 2010
Robert Preucel earned a B.A. from Penn, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1988. While at Penn he held a joint appointment as the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology and the Gregory Annenberg Weingarten Curator of the American Section at the Penn Museum. He served as the Chair of Anthropology and the Director of the Penn Center for Native American Studies. Also he was a resource faculty for the Latin American Cultures Program and had a secondary appointment as an adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Education. In 2012 Robert Preucel took a position at Brown University where he is a Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.
Robert Preucel helped oversee the installation of the exhibit "Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania" at the Penn Museum from September 2008 through July 2011. Recently, he supervised the Louis Shotridge Digital Archive Project (co-developed with Lucy Fowler Williams), which was created to make one of the finest Tlingit collections accessible to those interested in learning more about Southeastern Alaskan Native history and culture.
Robert Preucel's research interests include ethnogenesis, identity, representation, repatriation, and semiotics. For the past fifteen years, he has been conducting collaborative archaeological research with the Pueblo de Cochiti focusing on the meaning and ongoing significance of their post Pueblo Revolt village, Kotyiti Pueblo, New Mexico. Robert Preucel is the author of Archaeological Semiotics, Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2006. He has also edited or co-edited: Processual and Postprocessual Archaeologies: Multiple Ways of Knowing the Past. Carbondale:Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Occasional Paper10, 1991; Contemporary Archaeology in Theory, Oxford: Blackwell Press, 1996; Archaeologies of the Pueblo Revolt: Identity, Meaning and Renewal in the Pueblo World, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002; A Companion to Social Archaeology, Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2004; Native American Voices on Identity, Art, and Culture: Objects of Everlasting Esteem, Philadelphia: University Museum Press, 2005; and Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: The New Pragmatism, New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.