Tom Cummins, Ph.D.

Dumbarton Oaks Professor of the History of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin American Art, Harvard University






B.F.A. Art History; minors in English and History. Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1973. 

M.A. Art History (Medieval; minors: Pre-Columbian/Oceanic) UCLA, 1980

Thesis: "The South Central Trumeau Figures at Chartres Cathedral: A Historiographic Analysis." 

Ph.D. Art History (Pre-Columbian) UCLA, 1988. 

Dissertation Topic: "Abstraction to Narration: Kero Imagery of Peru and the Colonial Alteration of Native Identity."



2002- Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of the History of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin American Art

2001-02 University of Chicago, Professor

1998-2001 University of Chicago, Associate Professor

1991-98 University of Chicago, Assistant Professor

1989-91 Virginia Commonwealth University, Assistant Professor.





Toasts with the Inca: Andean Abstraction and Colonial Images on Kero Vessels. University of Michigan Press, 2002.


Native Traditions in the Postconquest World. Elizabeth Boone and Tom Cummins eds., Dumbarton Oaks: Washington DC., 1998

Arte prehispanico del Ecuador: Huellas del pasado. Los sellos de Jama-Coaque (with Julio Burgos and Carlos Mora) Miscelánea Antropológica Ecuatoriana, Serie Monográfica, 11, Banco Central: Guayaquil, 1996.


Native Artists and Patrons in Colonial Latin America. Emily Umberger and Tom Cummins, eds. Phoebus, No. 7, Phoenix: Arizona State University, 1995.


Awards and Honors

Senior Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks 1999-

J. Paul Getty Senior Research Grant 1995-1996

Chicago Humanities Institute Faculty Associate 1995-96

Cited in list of people who in their field "are regarded by their peers as experts' experts" in "The Great Experts" Art News Sept. 1992: 90-101.

Postdoctoral Fellow MIT, January 1988 - August 1989

Dickson Support Fellowship 1981-1982

Dickson Travel Fellowship 1980-1981

Dickson Support Fellowship 1979-1980