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My research engages ethnohistory, archaeology, and art history (among other disciplines) to reconstruct prehistoric and early colonial Andean belief systems, ontologies, and human-animal relations. I have published books on the history of early modern astrology, Andean wak’a, and Inka relationships with birds. My most recent publication, “Inka Bird Idiom. Amazonian Feathers in the Andes” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2023) deciphers the powerful Andean symbolic idiom of feathers.


Ph.D.: Munich University, Habilitation: Munich University

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309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

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