Amanda J. Guzman
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Phone: (860) 297-2562 Office Location: McCook 304
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Trinity College faculty member since 2020
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Ph.D., Univ. of California, Berkeley
M.A., Univ. of California, Berkeley
A.B., Harvard Univ.

Amanda J. Guzmán is an anthropological archaeologist with a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in the field of museum anthropology with a focus on the history of collecting and exhibiting Puerto Rico at the intersection of issues of intercultural representation and national identity formation. Guzmán is the co-director of Trinity's Center for Caribbean Studies.

With a record of fellowships awarded by the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Guzmán has a demonstrated background handling and interpreting object and archival material in diverse collection-holding cultural institutions. She supports undergraduate anthropological training beyond the classroom through academic year research assistantships and regular participation in the Summer Research Program.

Guzmán applies her collections experience as well as her commitment to working with and for multiple publics to her object-based inquiry teaching practice that privileges a more equitable, co-production of knowledge through accessible modelling of cultural work. As a former community learning faculty fellow and advisory board member, she actively collaborates with the Center for Hartford Engagement and Research through community learning courses. Guzmán has hosted class speaker series, focused on Puerto Rican and museum studies, to promote student interactions with broader networks of scholars and cultural workers. 

Guzmán serves as a board member on the Council for Museum Anthropology, the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and on the Board of Directors for the Pre-Columbian Society of New York. She is a member of the International Council of Museums.