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Robyn E. Cutright

Marlene and David Grissom Associate Professor of Anthropology

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BA in Anthropology and Spanish from Lawrence University
MA & PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.


Robyn Cutright joined Centre’s faculty in 2009. She is Marlene and David Grissom Associate Professor of Anthropology, was named a Centre Scholar in 2013 and received Centre's Presidential Award for Excellence in 2021.


Her research interests include the archaeology of daily life and cuisine, focusing on the Andes and coastal Peru. She teaches broadly on Latin American Studies, the archaeology of the ancient Americas, food and culture, and human-environment interactions in prehistory.

She is the author of The Story of Food in the Human Past: How What We Ate Made Us Who We Are and co-editor of Ancient Households on the North Coast of Peru.

To read her 2020 article about why the covid-19 pandemic sparked a surge of interest in baking bread, click here.


Editor, Ñawpa Pacha: the Journal of the Institute of Andean Studies.