Louise Deglin (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Art History at UCLA specializing in the Arts of the Indigenous Americas. Her doctoral project, “Repetition, Recreation, Reinvention: Wari Artists and the Empire (600-1000 CE)” investigates issues of authorship, individuality, and repetition in the first Andean empire across multiple media.

Deglin received her B.A. in Art History and Archaeology from the École du Louvre in Paris, followed by an M.A. from the same institution in Museology and Art History. She wrote her two M.A. theses on the art of the Wayana and Wayapi of French Guiana. Deglin has conducted fieldwork in French Guyana and Peru, and interned at museums throughout the world including the Louvre Museum (Paris), the Museu do Indio (Rio de Janeiro), and LACMA (Los Angeles).

As an emerging scholar at the crossroads of Art History and Archaeology she is the manager of the Andean Lab at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. She has presented her research at several conferences and has received multiple fellowships in support of her ongoing research. After completing her dissertation, Deglin will work toward a career in museums, and stay dedicated to making the arts of the Americas accessible and inclusive through public outreach and digital content.

Selected Museum Experience

Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fund Fellow Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing | 2021-22

Wall text and label writer Worcester Museum of Art
Arts of the Ancient Americas | June-August 2021

Curatorial Intern LACMA
Department of Ancient Americas,| June-July 2018

Curatorial Intern Museu do Indio
Rio de Janeiro | June-September 2015

Research Intern Musée du Louvre
Department of Islamic art | October 2013-February 2014

Fellowships and Awards

Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fund Fellowship
Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY | 2021-22

Short-term fellowship, John Carter Brown Library
Brown University, Providence, RI | 2021

Rita Claire Rothman Graduate Research Endowment Fund
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA | 2021

Summer Research Grant
Latin American Institute, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA | 2020

Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Junior Scholar Fellowship
Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago, IL | 2020

Collection Study Grant
American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY | 2019-20

Sarah Gilfillan Award
Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA | Summer 2019

Friends of Art History Graduate Research Fund
Art History department, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA | Summer 2019

Graduate Summer Mentorship Award
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA | Summer 2018

Friends of Archaeology Research Travel Fund
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA | Summer 2018 & 2019

Mellon Summer Graduate Research Fellowship
LACMA, Los Angeles, CA | Summer 2018

ARC workshop Photogrammetry for Cultural Heritage
UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA | Spring 2018

Edward A. Dickson History of Art Fellowship
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA | 2017-18, 2019-20, 2020-21

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Deglin, Louise. “Could the Mexica Toztli Have Been a Sun Parakeet? Connecting Mexica Featherwork to South America,” Journal de la Société des Américanistes 105, no. 2 (2019), 93-105. https://journals.openedition.org/jsa/17282


French • native speaker
English • advanced proficiency
Spanish • advanced proficiency
Portuguese (Brazil)• advanced proficiency 
Quechua/Kichwa intermediate
Italian proficiency (writing)