Olivia Navarro-Farr

Olivia C. Navarro-Farr

Associate Professor - Sociology and Anthropology, Archaeology [Department Chair]

Office: Kauke 001
Phone: 330-263-2042
Email: onavarro-farr@wooster.edu
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


  • 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
  • Four-Field Anthropology
  • Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Physical Anthropology

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 at the site of El Peru-Waka’s primary civic-ceremonial structure. She has co-directed for the Proyecto Arqueológico Waka’ (PAW) since 2015 and has been a member of the Board of the Waka’ Foundation since 2016. 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 Four-Field Anthropology, Introduction to Archaeology, Physical Anthropology, Mesoamerican Archaeology, and Archaeological Method and Theory.