Richard M. Leventhal

Professor of Anthropology

Ph. D. Harvard University 1979

Richard M. Leventhal is Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center of the Penn Museum as well as Professor Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania. He serves as Curator in the American Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology where he formerly served as the Williams Director. Prior to coming to Penn, he was the President of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology of Archaeology at UCLA. Leventhal received his PhD from Harvard University. He is one of the Directors of the Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project focused upon the 19th century Caste War rebellion in the Yucatan. He has written extensively about the ancient Maya and about cultural heritage preservation.

Research Interests

Cultural Heritage Preservation and Economic Development - the direct connection between local communities and heritage preservation and community development; Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center of the Penn Museum; Implementation Models for Heritage Preservation and Development: Mexico, Syria, Iraq and other locations throughout the world; Active field program in the Maya Yucatan of Mexico: Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project; Museums and monuments in the 21st century; Ancient Mesoamerica - archaeology and a studies of the past; Intellectual History of American archaeology.

 

Courses Taught:

ANTH141 Public Policy, Museums, and the Ethics of Cultural Heritage

ANTH511 Ethics, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage

University Museum Room 526

Phone:

215 573 1202

Appointments:

Anthropology Department Faculty