Pacifico, David

Director, Emile H. Mathis Gallery and UWM Art Collection & Assistant Professor
Art History
pacifico@uwm.edu414-229-4340Mitchell Hall 186,
Pacifico, David


  • 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:

  • Director, Milwaukee Community Archaeology Project
  • Director, Casma Hinterland Archaeological Project

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)