University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Anthropology

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Dr. Helaine Silverman

Professor of Anthropology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, LAS Global Studies, Center for Global Studies, European Union Center, Landscape Architecture, and Recreation, Sport and Tourism

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Office Hours

  • M/W/F 4:00-5:00


Research Associates


  • PhD, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
  • MA, Anthropology, Columbia University
  • BA, Anthropology, Queens College of the City University of New York

Academic/Professorial/Institutional Positions

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, UK, 2013-2016
  • ICOMOS International (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
  • Expert Member, ICAHM (ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management)
  • Expert Member, ICTC (ICOMOS Scientific Committee, International Cultural Tourism Committee)
  • Founding Member, UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship

Current University Appointments

  • Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Director, CHAMP/Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy
  • Faculty Member Affiliate: Center for Global Studies, European Union Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Editorial Positions

  • Editor of the Left Coast Press book series, “Heritage, Tourism and Community”
  • Co-editor of the Springer Press/ICAHM book series, “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Archaeological Heritage Management”
  • Editorial board, American Anthropologist
  • Editorial board, International Journal of Heritage Studies
  • Editorial board, Heritage and Society
  • Editorial board, Boletín de Arqueología PUCP
  • Editorial board, Turismo y Patrimonio
  • Editorial board, Thema. Contemporary Thought and Debate on Museums, Societies and Cultures

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • cultural heritage, cultural politics, cultural governance, cultural rights
  • critical museum studies
  • anthropology of tourism
  • memory, identity, nationalism
  • historic urban environments
  • architecture and the built environment
  • spatial theory
  • anthropology of death
  • encounters with the past as popular culture
  • geographical areas: Peru, Southeast Asia, England


  • Anth 557: Social Construction of Space
  • Anth 462: Museum Theory and Practice
  • Anth 460: Heritage Management
  • Anth 420: Case Studies in Global Heritage
  • Anth 224: Tourist Cities and Sites
  • Anth 180: Anthropology and Archaeology of Death
  • Anth 175: Archaeology and Popular Culture
  • GLBL 298: Tourism and Economic Development in Peru



  • Encounters With Popular Pasts. Heritage and Popular Culture. Ed. Mike Robinson and Helaine Silverman. NY: Springer, 2015.
  • Cultural Heritage Politics in China. Ed. Tami Blumenfield and Helaine Silverman. NY: Springer, 2013.
  • Contested Cultural Heritage: Religion, Nationalism, Erasure and Exclusion in a Global World. Ed. Helaine Silverman. NY: Springer, 2011.
  • Intangible Heritage Embodied. Ed. D. Fairchild Ruggles and Helaine Silverman. NY: Springer, 2009.
  • Handbook of South American Archaeology. Ed. Helaine Silverman and William H. Isbell. NY: Springer, 2008.
  • Cultural Heritage and Human Rights. Ed. Helaine Silverman and D. Fairchild Ruggles. NY: Springer, 2007.
  • Archaeological Site Museums in Latin America. Ed. Helaine Silverman. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006.
  • Andean Archaeology III: North and South. Ed. William H. Isbell and Helaine Silverman. NY: Springer, 2006.
  • Anthropology and Humanism, volume 30, number 2, Themed issue: “Performance, Tourism and Ethnographic Practice: An Exploration of the Work of Edward M. Bruner” . Ed. Helaine Silverman. 2005.
  • Andean Archaeology, Blackwell Global Archaeology Series. Ed. Helaine Silverman. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.
  • Andean Archaeology II: Art, Landscape, and Society. Ed. Helaine Silverman and William H. Isbell. NY: Plenum/Kluwer, 2002.
  • Andean Archaeology I: Variations in Sociopolitical Organization. Ed. William H. Isbell and Helaine Silverman. NY: Plenum/Kluwer, 2002.
  • Silverman, Helaine. Ancient Nasca Settlement and Society. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2002.
  • Silverman, Helaine, and Donald A. Proulx. The Nasca. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
  • The Space and Place of Death. Ed. Helaine Silverman and David B. Small. Washington, D.C.: Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, Number 11, 2002.
  • Silverman, Helaine. Ancient Peruvian Art. An Annotated Bibliography. NY: G. K. Hall/Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1996.
  • Silverman, Helaine. Cahuachi in the Ancient Nasca World. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1993.