Aron L. Crowell

Arctic anthropologist and Alaska Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center

Dr. Aron L. Crowell is an Arctic anthropologist and Alaska Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center. His research and publications in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and oral history reflect collaborations with indigenous communities of the North and with museums and research institutions. He is the curator and project director for the Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaskaexhibition at the Arctic Studies Center in the Anchorage Museum and leads on-going community programs in Alaska Native heritage, languages, and arts. He has conducted archaeological research in many areas of Alaska and is currently the principal investigator for National Science Foundation-funded research on the human and environmental history of Yakutat Bay, with a focus on traditional sealing. Crowell’s Doctorate in anthropology is from the University of California, Berkeley and he is an Affiliate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alaska.