James A. Chiarelli

Department : The Global School

James A. Chiarelli is an anthropologist and archaeologist with over 35 years of experience in the field, in the classroom, and in consulting and administrative capacities.  He has engaged in archaeological and anthropological field research throughout New England and in California, the Caribbean, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Russia, and Australia.  He served as Lecturer in the Anthropology Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1988 through 1999 and as Program Director for 24 years (1982 through 2005) in international social science, human ecology, and paleontological research and education at Earthwatch Institute.  From 2006 through 2011 he was Senior Project Manager and Principal Archaeologist at John Milner Associates, a cultural resource management firm advising public and private sector clients on matters of historic preservation and regulatory compliance.  He joined WPI’s Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division faculty in 2012, teaching ID 2050 on campus and advising IQP teams on-site at the Panamá City and San José, Costa Rica Project Centers.