Dr. Beth O’Leary

Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1985; College Professor Emerita

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Dr. O’Leary’s areas of interest include both cultural anthropology and archaeology. She is an expert in the archaeology of outerspace. In June 2009, “The Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage,” a seminal volume that she coedited with Ann Darrin of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, was published. She has also done research on Athapaskan cultures in Canada and the U.S. Her most recent work is a book and CD with First Nations elder, Marge Jackson.  With over 25 years of experience in cultural resource management in New Mexico, she is currently vice chair of the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee, a policy making board of nine individuals appointed by the governor.


E-mail: boleary@nmsu.edu

Current Research

Dr. O’Leary retired in 2014 after serving as an Associate College Professor of Anthropology. She created a NASA-funded project to make the 1969 Apollo 11 Landing site on the Moon as a National Historic Landmark. This will be a first for doing cultural resource management in space. For more information on this project, go to the Lunar Legacies site. Her most recent keynote address was at the ICOMOS 2007 Conference on Extreme Heritage in Cairns, Australia. Another recent article on space heritage can be accessed in Antiquity at http://antiquity.ac.uk/ProjGall/oleary/index.html article). Her 2006 book with Marge Jackson, a Southern Tutchone First Nations elder  in the Yukon Territory, Canada is an oral history called “ My Country is Alive: A Southern Tutchone Life .”  She and Marge will launch a CD in 2008 – “Stories and Songs from My Country.”