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James Doyle

Affiliate Professor of Art History, Director, Matson Museum of Anthropology
James Doyle in the Matson Museum

James Doyle is an archaeologist and museum professional whose curatorial practice activates objects for university teaching, scholarly research, and public education. He has organized exhibitions, conducted archaeological and conservation fieldwork, and published widely on the material and visual cultures of the ancient Americas.

Previously he served as the Assistant Curator for Arts of the Ancient Americas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where he initiated Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art (The Met and the Kimbell Art Museum, 2022-2023). He also organized the critically acclaimed exhibition Arte del mar: Artistic Exchange in the Caribbean. Contributions to other exhibition projects at The Met include Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas (The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Met, 2017-2018), Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas (The Met, 2015-2016), Native American Masterpieces from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection (The Met, 2016-2017), and American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection (The Met, 2017).

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Brown University, 2013
    • M.A., Brown University, 2009
    • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 2005
  • Courses Taught
    • ANTH 380 – Anthropology Museum Studies