Members of the Executive Committee serve voluntarily and without compensation. To date the Institute has never had a salaried officer or employee.
Joined in 2012
Current membership of the IAR consists of individuals dedicated to the increase and spread of knowledge in the various branches of anthropology as they concern the Andean region.
Joined prior to 1991
Joined prior to 2004
Wendell C. Bennett
An anthropologist and founding member of the Institute of Andean Research, Bennett taught at Yale beginning in 1940. He was a staff specialist in Andean archaeology at the American Museum of Natural History in the 1930’s.
An American anthropologist who became an authority on the peoples and cultures of the Malay Archipelago, Cole was a promoter of modern archaeology. He also wrote several popular works on evolution and the growth of culture.
Alfred V. Kidder
Kidder was the foremost American archaeologist of his day involved in the study of the southwestern United States and Mesoamerica, and the force behind the first comprehensive, systematic approach to North American archaeology.
Alfred L. Kroeber
An American cultural anthropologist, Kroeber received his Ph.D. under Franz Boas at Columbia University in 1901. He developed one of the world’s great research museums and teaching departments of anthropology and was the first professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
Samuel KI. Lothrop
A Harvard graduate, Lothrop's fascination with New World prehistory led him to perform fieldwork across central and south America, including highland Guatemala, El Salvador, Patagonia, and Peru.
Philip A. Means
A leading scholar in American archeology, history, and literature with a focus on Peruvian archeology. Means served as Director of the Peruvian National Museum from 1920-21. His greatest contribution to prehistory was his volume ‘Ancient Civilizations of the Andes’.
Spier, a well-known anthropologist, served as editor for a number of journals, monograph series, and special volumes, including the Yale University Papers in Anthropology and the Southwestern Journal of Anthropology. He also wrote about his extensive ethnological fieldwork.
Alfred M. Tozzer
An American anthropologist, archaeologist, linguist, and educator, Tozzer’s was a prominent Mayanist and Mesoamerican scholar. He served two consecutive terms as president of the American Anthropological Association, and was also elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
George C. Vaillant
Vaillant received a Ph.D. from Harvard. He served as Associate Curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Museum Director at the University of PA, and as the US State Department Cultural Relations Officer in Lima, Peru. His work lead him to the American southwest, Egypt, and Central and South America.