Barbara Arroyo is a Research Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D. C. (2022-2023). During the last decade, she has directed a multidisciplinary research project at the site of Kaminaljuyu, Guatemala that included research excavations, rescue operations, and public outreach. In addition, during the last 30 years, she has conducted research along the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, and other sites in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. Her research interest focuses on the origins of sedentary villages, ceramics, social complexity, and monumental sculpture.
Arroyo has published books and articles on southern Mesoamerica and is the coordinator of the event and editor for the Proceedings of the Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas en Guatemala, an annual meeting that is a referent for Maya studies. She is part of editorial boards in Mexico, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Barbara Arroyo has been a professor at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and visiting professor at Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala where she graduated with a degree in archaeology. She obtained her PhD in anthropology at Vanderbilt University.
She has received several awards including the Presidential Award of the Society for American Archaeology (2012 and 2017); L’ordre des Palmes Académiques, from the French Government (2018); and the Guatemalan awards Orden del Pop (2015) from the Museo Popol Vuh, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, and Orden Arrayán (2018) from Fundación Granai & Townson Continental.