Liza Bakewell earned her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her Ph.D. from Brown University. In 1991 she was hired onto the faculty at Brown where she remained as a professor for twenty-two years, first teaching Linguistic Anthropology and upper-level seminars on Latin America in the Department of Anthropology and later conducting research at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). At CLACS she directed The Mesolore Project, a co-authored website on Mesoamerica. Since leaving Brown she co-founded Maine Women Write, an organization charged with promoting the works of Maine women writers.
Liza's publications include A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers (2015 Maine Women Write), Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun (W.W. Norton 2011, U. New Mexico 2012), Mesolore.org (Brown University 2012), Looking High and Low: Art and Cultural Identity (U. Arizona Press, 1995); and Object Image Inquiry: The Art Historian at Work (Getty Foundation, 1988). Her article “Image Acts,” published in American Anthropologist. (Vol. 100 (1): 12-22, 1991), is cited in numerous publications. She has taught courses in language and culture at Brown University, Bowdoin College, and Colgate University.
Liza is the recipient of several National Science Foundation Grants (1988, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008), National Endowment for the Humanities Grant (2008), Davis Educational Foundation Grant (2008), Ford Foundation grants (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000), and Fulbright Fellowships (1987-88; 2009-10). She lives in coastal Maine with her twin daughters and is currently writing a novel.