Amy Groleau, Adjunct Faculty

Amy Groleau is curator of Latin American Collections at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An anthropologist and archaeologist, she is interested in the relationships between people and material culture, forming narratives with objects, and bridging communities in the present with communities in the past. She has researched ritual practices in the pre-Columbian Wari Empire as well as contemporary heritage and memory projects in Peru. Dr. Groleau has worked in university museums, small regional museums, and state-run institutions and has broad experience in curation, collections management, and preservation.

Before arriving at the Museum of International Folk Art, she was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University where she taught Anthropology, Latin American Studies and Native American Studies (2010-2014). She holds an MA and PhD in anthropology from Binghamton University, State University of New York and a BA in anthropology and Latin American Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She previously worked in NAGPRA compliance and collections management at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, where she received a graduate certificate in Museum Studies.

Her research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Tinker Foundation; she has also written successful NEH and IMLS grant proposals for museums.