James Doyle is Assistant Curator for the Art of the Americas and oversees The Met's collections from Mesoamerica and Central America. His specialty is the ancient Maya, and he conducted archaeological fieldwork on the preclassic period (1000 B.C.–A.D. 150) in northern Guatemala. Before joining the Museum, he held a postdoctoral appointment in Precolumbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection and taught art-historical and archaeological seminars at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He received his PhD from Brown University.