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Associate Professor Michele Bernatz is a Fredonia alumna, who went on to earn her MA degree from Williams College and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches in the field of ancient art and focuses in particular on the study of Precolumbian art history. Her dissertation, entitled “The Concept of Divinity in Maya Art: Defining God L” (2006), addresses the recognition and meaning of one important deity within the Maya pantheon. This research was supported by doctoral fellowships from the American Association of University Women and the University of Texas. Dr. Bernatz has presented research papers at the annual Maya Meetings of the University of Texas at Austin (2004), Chacmool conference at the University of Calgary (2008), and Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Atlanta, Georgia (2009). A portion of her research can be found in a book entitled “Space and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology” (2006), which was published by presses affiliated with the Universities of Calgary and New Mexico. Previously Bernatz taught at SUNY Geneseo, Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin. She also served as the Assistant Director of Visual Arts at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, New York and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, Central America.