Helaine Silverman (PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1986) is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois where she teaches courses on Peruvian archaeology, Southeast Asian civilization, spatial theory, heritage management, museums, tourism, and anthropological/archaeological perspectives on death. She is also Director of CHAMP/Collaborative for Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices at the University.
Dr. Silverman is an expert on ancient Nasca culture of south coastal Peru and conducted many years of archaeological fieldwork in that region. The attention of popular media to her research led her to become interested in how the past is appropriated, manufactured, packaged and consumed by national governments, regions, local stakeholders, and the global tourism industry. Her scholarship now focuses on cultural heritage issues worldwide, with continued emphasis on Peru and a new research project in Thailand.
She is an expert member of ICAHM, chair of ICAHM’s Nominations Assistance Committee, an associate member of ICTC, a member of Forum-UNESCO, and consults for UNESCO. She is a past editor of Latin American Antiquity, has served on the editorial boards of Heritage Management and Journal of Latin American Anthropology, and currently is an editorial board member of International Journal of Heritage Studies and World Art. She is the author of 4 books and numerous articles, and editor of 11 volumes (including Cultural Heritage and Human Rights, 2007; Intangible Heritage Embodied, 2009; Contested Cultural Heritage, 2010).