Olivia Navarro-Farr

Olivia Navarro-Farr

Assistant Professor, Chair of Program in Archaeology

Department/Affiliation: Sociology and Anthropology, Archaeology, Latin American Studies
Phone: 330-263-2042
Office Address: 022 Kauke Hall


  • B.A., St. Mary's University San Antonio 1998
  • M.A., Southern Methodist University 2007
  • Ph.D., Southern Methodist University 2009

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introduction to Four-Field Archaeology
  • Gender and Sex Roles
  • Ritual and Religion in Mesoamerica
  • Strategies of Archaeology

Professional Memberships

  • Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)


Professor Navarro-Farr’s research focuses on ancient Mesoamerica. She has conducted archaeological investigations in Belize, Mexico, and, since 2003 has directed research in Guatemala. As co-director for the Proyecto Arqueológico Waka’ (PAW) she has directed investigations at the site’s primary civic-ceremonial structure since 2003. Her interests include the archaeology of ritual, monumental architecture, site abandonment processes, and the role of royal women in Classic Maya statecraft. . In 2012, Professor Navarro-Farr and colleagues discovered the tomb of one of the site’s most famous royal queens, Lady K’abel. The queen’s portrait is rendered on a stela on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She teaches Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Archaeology, Physical Anthropology, Mesoamerican Archaeology, and Archaeological Method and Theory.