Pacifico, David

Director, Mathis Gallery and UWMAC; Assistant Professor, Latin American Art
Art History


  • PhD 2014 (Anthropology, University of Chicago)
  • MA 2008 (Anthropology, University of Chicago)
  • BA 2003 (Anthropology and Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Certificate in University Teaching 2014 (University of Chicago Center for Teaching)
  • Certificate in Assessment 2017 (DePaul University Office for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment)

Professional Experience:

  • Instructional Designer - Research, Policy, and Assessment Coordinator, Cardinal Stritch University School of Continuing and Online Learning

Field Work:

  • Archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork in the Peru's Casma Valley since 2004.
  • Director of the Casma Hinterland Archaeological Project, an interdisciplinary project on the North Coast of Peru
  • Director of the Milwaukee Community Archaeology Project, an examination of early settlement in Milwaukee County.
  • Previous fieldwork includes archaeology in Peru's Chao Valley, Chicago's Jackson Park, and digital 'fieldwork' on Corinth, Greece.


  • Teaching interests include the material culture of South America and Africa as well as public engagement with archaeological heritage.

Consulting and Research:

University Courses Taught:

American Art Courses:

  • Art of the Incas and their Ancestors (ArtHist 372)

General Art History Courses:

  • African Art (ArtHist 371)

Professional Societies:

  • Society for American Archaeology (Co-Chair, Heritage Values Interest Group)
  • Archaeological Institute of America (President, Archaeological Institute of America - Milwaukee Chapter)
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Wisconsin Archaeological Society
  • Milwaukee County Historical Society

Fellowships, Grants, Honors:

  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2010)
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (2010-2011)

Selected Publications:

  • Pacifico, D. 2019. “Neighborhood as Nexus: A trans-historical approach to emplaced communities.” InNeighborhoods in the Perspective of Anthropological Archaeology, edited by D. Pacifico and L. Truex.Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association 30(1): 114-132.
  • Pacifico, D. and L. Truex. 2019. “Introduction: Why neighborhoods then, now, and in the future? An introduction to the anthropological archaeology of neighborhoods.” Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association 30(1): 5-19.
  • Pacifico, D. 2018. “Beyond the Property Paradigm: Fragments for an Anarchist Approach to Archaeological Heritage.” Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 5(2): 283-302.
  • Vogel, M., A. Garren, D. Pacifico, and B. Turner. 2016. “Urban Political Ecology: New Evidence from El Purgatorio, Peru.” Journal of Field Archaeology 41(4):448-466.
  • Pacifico, D. and Vogel, M. 2012. “Archaeological Sites, Modern Communities, and Tourism.” Annals of Tourism Research 39:1588-1611.
  • Vogel, M. and D. Pacifico. 2011. “Arquitectura de El Purgatorio: Capital de la Cultura Casma.” In ANDES 8: Boletín del Centro de Estudios Precolombinos de la Universidad de Varsovia; Arqueología de la Costa Ancash edited by I. Ghezzi and M. Gierz (pp. 357-397). Warsaw: University of Warsaw.