The Catholic University of America

Anita G. Cook, Department Chair


Dr. Anita G. Cook (PhD, SUNY-Binghamton 1985)
Ordinary Professor
Office: Marist B07A
Phone: 202-319-5080

WEB SITE: Dr. Cook on CUA Faculty Experts, Women Faculty


Dr. Cook is an archaeologist who received her PhD from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in Ancient History and Art History from Bard College. She has been Visiting Professor of Anthropology at the National University of San Cristóbal de Huamanga, Ayacucho, Peru and a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. In Peru, she received Municipal Honorary Recognition and a Medal for defending and preserving the site of Conchopata in Ayacucho and worked as director of the Lower Ica Valley Archaeological Project and co-director of the Conchopata Archaeological Project.  

Her research focuses on the emergence of early Andean States and empires (Huari and Tiwanaku in particular) and particularly on material culture, the visual arts, and iconography. Her research has been supported by grant and fellowship awards from the Fulbright Commission for field research, National Endowment for the Humanities, Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, and the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at The National Gallery of Art.  Her publications include two books: Ritual Sacrifice in Ancient Peru, edited by Elizabeth Benson and Anita Cook (2001) and Wari y Tiwanaku: entre el estilo y la imagen (1994), plus numerous articles. She has been a consultant for national and international museum exhibits, research seminars and sponsored research programs. In addition, she is active in conservation efforts to protect threatened cultural remains in Andean South America and is a founding member of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at CUA.


Recent Publications:

  • “The Shape of Things to Come: the genesis of Wari Wak’as.” The Archaeology of Wak'as: Explorations of the Sacred in the Pre-Columbian Andes. Tamara Bray (ed.). University of Colorado Press. (in press)
  • Chiou, Katherine,  Anita Cook, Christine Hastorf. "Flotation versus Dry Sieving archaeo-botanical remains: a case history from the Middle Horizon southern coast of Peru."  Journal of Field Archaeology 38(1): 1-14. 2013 
  • "The Coming of the Staff  Deity." Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes, Susan Bergh editor. pp 105-124.  Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio. 2012
  • "Visllani visllacuni: patrones de consumo a comienzos del Horizonte Medio." Revista Chilena de Antropología  N°20, 205-226. Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile. 2009
  • Tung, Tiffiny and Anita G. Cook "Intermediate Elite Agency in the Wari Empire: The Bioarchaeological and Mortuary Evidence."  Intermediate Elites in Pre-Columbian States and Empires, Edited by Christina Elson and Alan Covey, University of Arizona Press. pp. 68-93. 2006
  • Anita G. Cook and Nancy Parrish, "Gardens in the Desert: macrobotanical analyses from the Lower Ica Valley, Peru." Andean Past, Vol. 7:135-156. Cornell University, Latin American Studies Program, Ithaca, New York. 2005
  • "Wari Art and Society" (Chapter 9) In: Andean Archaeology. Edited by Helaine Silverman. Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology,  Pp 146-166. Blackwell Publishers. 2004


 Dr. Cook's Books