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 and Processes 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.