Juliet Wiersema is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She specializes in the art and architecture of the pre-Hispanic Americas. She holds an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU (2002) and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland (2010).
Before joining the faculty at UTSA in 2012, she taught at University of Maryland (2008-2012) and at Santa Clara University (2010-2011). She has held research positions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2011-2012), the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (2007), and The Library of Congress (2006). She was a US Student Fulbright Fellow to Peru in 2007-2008.
Her research and teaching has centered on the artifacts, art, and architecture of the pre-Hispanic and Spanish Colonial Americas. Juliet has been affiliated with the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She has collaborated with Interactive Knowledge on web projects including Off the Map, an interactive guide to global Visionary Art, created for The Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore (www.pbs.org/independentlens/offthemap/) and Del Corazón, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Latino Voices site (www.delcorazon.si.edu). She has also worked with the US Department of Justice and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement on issues of antiquities trafficking and cultural patrimony.
Her doctoral dissertation (2010) examined the role of ceremonial architecture and its representation in ceramic objects made for burial by the Moche of Peru (200-850 AD). This work received the 2010 University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Award, College of Arts and Humanities. A revision of this research, Ceramic Diagrams of Sacred Space. Architectural Vessels of the Moche of Peru, is being revised for the University of Texas Press (anticipated publication 2014).