Linda and David Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art
Phone: 512.232.2363 Office: ART 1.412
David Stuart's interests in the traditional cultures of Mesoamerica are wide-ranging, but his primary research focuses is the archaeology and epigraphy of ancient Maya civilization.
He received his Ph.D in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University in 1995, and taught at Harvard University for eleven years before arriving at UT Austin in 2004, where he teaches in the Department of Art and Art History. Stuart regularly conducts field research at numerous archaeological sites in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, mostly focusing on the documentation and study of Maya sculpture and inscriptions. His major research focus of late is on the art and epigraphy at Copan (Honduras), Palenque (Mexico), Piedras Negras, La Corona, and San Bartolo (Guatemala). Stuart's early work on the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs led to a MacArthur Fellowship in 1984.
His publications include Ten Phonetic Syllables (1987), which laid much of the groundwork for the now-accepted methodology of Maya hieroglyphic decipherment. In 2003 he published a volume in the ongoing Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions series (Peabody Museum, Harvard University), devoted to drawings and photographs of sculpture from Piedras Negras, Guatemala. His most recent book is “The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth about 2012” (Random House)
Stuart's research and contributions to Maya studies were recently featured in the award-winning PBS documentary "Cracking the Maya Code" (NightFire Films, 2008). Stuart is the Director of The Mesoamerica Center at the University of Texas at Austin, which fosters multi-disciplinary studies on ancient American art and culture. He also oversees the activities of the newly established Casa Herrera, UT's academic research center in Antigua, Guatemala, devoted to studies in the art, archaeology and culture of Mesoamerica.
Study Abroad Faculty Leader for Casa Herrera
Office: ART 1.412
Astrid Runggaldier is an anthropological archaeologist interested in ancient Mesoamerican cultures and in particular in Maya architecture, households, and built environments. In 2009 she received her Ph.D in Archaeology from Boston University with a dissertation entitled “Memory and Materiality in Monumental Architecture: Construction and Reuse of a Late Preclassic Maya Palace at San Bartolo, Guatemala.” She has been in excavations in Guatemala and Belize, as well as in the northeastern US, Cyprus, and Turkey. Runggaldier has worked at San Bartolo, Guatemala since 2003, where her research has explored palaces, elite and ordinary residences from the Preclassic to Late Classic periods. Currently she is also involved in the Brea Project in the middle Belize River valley, where she directs an archaeological laboratory and pursues the investigation of Preclassic settlement. Following teaching experiences at Boston University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Skidmore College, Runggaldier joined UT’s Department of Art and Art History and the Mesoamerica Center in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer with a teaching focus on Mesoamerican cultures. Through the Mesoamerica Center, she leads the courses of UT’s semester-long Study Abroad program at Casa Herrera in Antigua, Guatemala.
Senior Program Coordinator
Phone: 512.471.6292 Office:ART 1.412
Paola Bueche holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has extensive experience in program coordination, having worked at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Mrs. Bueché is fully bilingual in English and Spanish, speaks Portuguese and has studied Quechua. She is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been living in Austin since 2002. Paola oversee the daily operations and programs of The Mesoamerica Center and Casa Herrera. Develop standards and program objectives for the Mesoamerica Center and Casa Herrera. Communicate the development of program activities to the faculty, students, other institutions and the public. Develop and implement marketing strategies to promote the success of each program initiative. Interact with students, faculty, staff and the community to facilitate program objectives and recommend policy and procedure improvements for the program.