Outstanding Professor - Matthew Looper
Matthew Looper received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. His dissertation research was conducted between 1993 and 1995 in Quiriguá, Izabal, Guatemala, on the sculpture programs of K'ahk' Tiliw, an eighth-century Maya ruler of Quiriguá. Following postdoctoral work on the Maya Hieroglyphic Database Project, Department of Native American Studies, University of California at Davis (1996-1998), he joined the faculty at California State University, Chico, where he has taught from 1998-present.
At Chico State, he teaches a number of courses in non-Western art history, with a focus on ancient Mesoamerica. Looper's research interests include Classic Maya art and writing, Maya textiles, and Maya dance traditions, in all periods. His most recently published book is an edited volume on early dress in ancient Mesoamerica and Central America, listed for Spring 2014. He is currently working on a book on hunting dances in the Maya area, and recently embarked on a three-year collaborative project on Maya hieroglyphic writing, funded by the National Science Foundation.
In addition to these academic pursuits, Looper is interested in yoga and horticulture.