Role
Visiting professor
Education
Ph.D. Anthropology and History, University of Pennsylvania
MA History, University of Pennsylvania

Biography

Dr. Daniels is the director of research and programs for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an appointment as a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Daniels has worked with indigenous communities in western North America on issues surrounding heritage rights, repatriation, and recognition for over fifteen years. Additionally, he co-directs two additional initiatives: the Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project, which aims to enhance the protection of cultural heritage by supporting professionals and activists in conflict areas; and a project funded by the National Science Foundation to study the intentional destruction of cultural heritage in conflict. Previously, he served as the manager of the National Endowment for the Humanities regional center initiative at San Francisco State University, where he developed strategies for community engagement on cultural heritage issues.