The Catholic University of America

Miriam A. Doutriaux


Dr. Miriam Doutriaux (PhD, UC-Berkeley, 2004)
Office: Marist B07C


Miriam Doutriaux is archaeologist and anthropologist whose research focuses on the cultural production and negotiation of identity, ethnicity, material culture, ancient art and aesthetics, and the history of collecting and museums. Dr. Doutriaux specializes in the cultures of the ancient Americas and has carried out archaeological field research in Peru and Bolivia. Her recent work bridges anthropology, archaeology and art history to examine conceptions of ancient Mexican art among twentieth-century artists, scholars and collectors. A curator at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Museum for over a decade, Dr. Doutriaux managed collections, developed exhibitions and planed scholarly and public programs. She has lectured widely and taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon University and American University. Her co-edited book, Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks (2012), won the College Art Association’s 2013 Alfred H. Barr Award for small museums, libraries, and collections.


Recent Publications:

  • Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks. Edited by Joanne Pillsbury, Miriam Doutriaux, Reiko Ishihara and Alexandre Tokovinine. Pre-Columbian Art at Dumbarton Oaks, No. 4. Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 2012
  • “Incidents of Travel: Robert Woods Bliss and the Creation of the Maya Collection at Dumbarton Oaks,” with Joanne Pillsbury, in Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks. pp. 1-25. Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 2012.
  • “The Pre-Columbian Collection.” In Dumbarton Oaks: The Collections. Edited by Gudrun Buehl. pp. 185-187, 208-229, 252-285. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2008.
  • “Relaciones étnicas y económicas de poder: La conquista Incaica en el Valle del Colca, Arequipa.” In Identidad y transformación en el Tawantinsuyu y en los Andes coloniales: Perspectivas arqueológicas y etnohistóricas, edited by Peter Kaulicke, Gary Urton and Ian Farrington. Boletín de Arqueología PÚCP 6: pp. 411-432, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, 2003.
  • “Power, Ideology, and Ritual: The Practice of Agriculture in the Inca Empire” In The Politics and Rituals of Everyday Life, edited by Christine Hastorf. Kroeber Anthropological Society Publications, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2001.


Selected exhibitions:

  • Inspiring Art: The Dumbarton Oaks Birthing Figure. Dumbarton Oaks, 2013-2014.
  • Fifty Years of Pre-Columbian Art. Dumbarton Oaks, 2013-2014.
  • Lasting Impressions: Body Art in the Ancient Americas. Dumbarton Oaks, 2011-2012.
  • Flights of Fancy: Birds in Pre-Columbian Art. Dumbarton Oaks, 2009-2010.


Dr. Doutriaux's Courses

ANTH 214 - Anthropology of Food (3 credits).  Fall 2014

Many cultural, social, and environmental questions surround the supply of food. Are there ethical and non-ethical ways to produce food? How does food production relate to a healthy environment? What happens to food as it moves from the farmer to the dinner plate? How does food become an expression of our social selves? This course uses an anthropological perspective to assess these and related questions in the production, processing and consumption of food.


ANTH 101 - Cultures in a Global Society *3 credits)


Dr. Doutriaux's Books