Judith Storniolo, PhD

Teaching Professor of Anthropology

Judith Storniolo

Office: PSA 200
Phone: 215.895.2186


  • PhD, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • BA, Spanish and History, 1973

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Revitalization movements in North and Central America
  • Globalization and the privatization of the commons (food, water, and land)
  • Globalization and insurrection in Third World nations
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Mesoamerican archaeology
  • Archaeology and prehistory of Europe
  • Mayan hieroglyphics and ancient writing systems
  • Biblical archaeology


Judith Storniolo received her BA in Spanish and History from the University of Pittsburgh with a minor in anthropology. Following a secondary teaching career and a hiatus from academia for the birth of her four children, she earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Anthropology with a concentration in Linguistics and Archaeology. She did fieldwork among the Maya in Guatemala, Honduras, and Yucatan, learning several Mayan languages and documenting glyphic inscriptions in ancient Maya cities. She also lived in Maya villages studying continuity and change and learning to cook.