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Dr. Lea McChesney Recognized by Marquis Who’s Who for Excellence in Anthropology

Driven by a love for museums, Dr. McChesney desires to share her insights with students who show an interest in the field of anthropology

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, July 8, 2016, Dr. Lea McChesney has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

An anthropologist, educator and curator, Dr. McChesney has been a recognized leader in her field since the 1970s. Beginning in 2014, she assumed the role of curator of ethnology at Maxwell Museum University of New Mexico, while maintaining additional roles as an administrator of exhibitions and a research associate at the Peabody Museum at Harvard. Notably during her tenure, Dr. McChesney was a visiting assistant professor at Kansas State University, adjunct lecturer at the State University of New York Brockport, guest co-curator for the Hopi Iconography project at the Museum of Northern Arizona and visiting assistant professor to the UT Department of Society and Anthropology. When queried about her success, Dr. McChesney attributed her passion for anthropology and her love for museums. What’s more is her desire to share her insights with students who show an interest in the field. In recognition of professional excellence, she was the recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Travel Award from the Association of Feminists in Anthropology, the Frank Hamilton Cushing Award from Wesleyan University, and a Dean’s Faculty Recognition Award from the University of Toledo. Dr. McChesney was also the recipient of a number of grants to continue in her work, including those from the National Endowment for the Arts, UMKC, the Arts & Cultural Council of Great Rochester and the Weener-Gren Foundation of Anthropological Research.

Dr. McChesney’s career is supported by her education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College, a Master of Arts from Wesleyan University, and a Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. from New York University. She is also recognized for her extensive curating and consulting roles. In recent years, she has been the consulting curator of the exhibitions “Before Our Eyes: Another Look at American Indian Art,” “Native North American Art: Handmade Traditions,” and “America’s Great Lost Expedition.” She has also consulted for the Florida Museum of National History, the Native American Art Collection, and the Artisan Production in the World Market Seminar at the School of Advanced Research.

To stay at the top of her field, Dr. McChesney is a fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology and member of the Native American Art Studies Association, the American Alliance of Museums, the American Anthropological Association and the Toledo Society of Archaeological Institute of America. Looking to the future, Dr. McChesney intends to continue working in museums as a curator, educator and consultant.