Maria Luisa Lucas

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brazil LAB
High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI)
Department of Anthropology

Maria Luísa Lucas earned her Ph.D. in social anthropology at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Before coming to Princeton, Lucas was a postdoctoral fellow at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac and a lecturer in anthropology at the Université Paris Nanterre in France. For over 10 years, she has been doing fieldwork with indigenous peoples in Amazonia, mainly in the Caquetá-Putumayo area (Brazil/Colombia/Peru). In her research, she is concerned with biocultural diversity, world-ending violence, and repatriation and decolonizing museums. From 2016 to 2020, Lucas was the principal investigator on three collaborative documentation and digital repatriation projects, sponsored by UNESCO and the French National Centre for Scientific Research. She is currently leading the initiative “The Bora Design System: Documenting the Knowledge Networks of Designs Made on Bodies and Bbjects in an Amerindian Ritual,” as part of the Endangered Material Knowledge Programme of the British Museum. During her fellowship, Lucas will work closely with colleagues in the High Meadows Environmental Institute and the Department of Anthropology and will play a role in the new research and teaching initiative Indigenous Ecologies of Knowledges across the Americas. Lucas will also prepare her first book, “Recreating Society: Crisis and Reform in Indigenous Amazonia,” for publication.