Jeremy Sabloff


Archaeologist and National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration member Jeremy Sabloff is past president and an external professor of the Sante Fe Institute. Before coming to the Institute, he taught at Harvard, the University of Utah, the University of New Mexico, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum from 1994-2004. Jeremy’s principal scholarly interests include ancient Maya civilization, pre-industrial urbanism, settlement pattern studies, archaeological theory and method, the history of archaeology, and the relevance of archaeology in the modern world. He is a past president of the Society for American Archaeology, past chair of Section H (Anthropology) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and past editor of American Antiquity. He served as chair of the Smithsonian Science Commission and is chair of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of State. He is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Jeremy is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, and has published more than 130 articles, book chapters, and reviews. He was the American Anthropological Association's Distinguished Lecturer in 2010 and received the Society for American Archaeology's inaugural Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archeology in 2011, and its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. He also received the Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal from the University of Pennsylvania Museum in 2014 and the Alfred Vincent Kidder Medal for Eminence in American Archaeology from the American Anthropological Association in 2016.