Dr. Troy Lovata is a tenured, Associate Professor in the Honors College at The University of New Mexico. He was trained as an Anthropologist and Archaeologist (Ph.D., M.A. The University of Texas; B.A. Colorado State University) and much of his work has focused on non-textual forms of presentation, the social role of material culture, and cultural landscapes. Recent research and teaching includes: the examination of monuments and public displays from megaliths to public art to graffiti; the archaeology of walking; work with adobe construction; the study of people and the sense of place in mountain landscapes; and mapping and interpreting culturally modified trees. He has led research projects in the US Rocky Mountains and Great Plains and Ecuador; and has led study abroad and research courses in Ecuador, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, and Spain. His books, Inauthentic Archaeologies: Public Uses and Abuses of the Past and the forthcoming (with Elizabeth Olton) Understanding Graffiti: From Prehistory to Present, are available from Left Coast Press.
Courses for the Spring Semester, 2015:
UHON 122 The Legacy of Exploration: Explorers of Mountains
UHON 204 Privileging The Past: The Individual & The Collective
UHON 302 Route 66: Landscape and Culture Along the Mother Road
UHON 299/399/499 Independent Study
Special Senior Honors Thesis Defense Instructions for Students