Louise Deglin is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Art History at UCLA specializing in the Arts of the Indigenous Americas. Her doctoral project, “Making Things Their Own: Artistic Practices in the Wari Empire” investigates issues of making, materiality, and corporeality in the first Andean empire (AD 600-1000) 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 Guyana. Deglin has conducted fieldwork in French Guyana and Peru, and interned at numerous museums 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 a member of the Andean Lab at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and is currently managing the Andean Working Group at UCLA. She has presented her research at several conferences, and has received numerous fellowships in support of her ongoing research.


UCLA (Los Angeles, CA) • Ph.D.
Department of Art History | Advanced to candidacy (2019)
Dissertation: « Manipulating Bodies: Art and Agency in the Wari Empire. »

École du Louvre (Paris, France) • Master of Arts
Art History and Archaeology | 2016
Thesis: « Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Brazilian Indians: Study Based on the Case of the Kusiwa Art of the Wayãpi, » with high honors.

École du Louvre (Paris, France) • Master of Arts
Museology | 2015
Thesis: « The Coudreau Collection at the Quai Branly Museum, » with high honors.

 École du Louvre (Paris, France) • Bachelor of Arts
Art History and Archaeology | 2014
Concentration: Arts of the Americas

Fellowships and Awards

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


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