Ellen Lofaro is the permanent curator of archaeology collections. She has more than eight years of curation experience, having previously worked at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, in addition to research fellowships at the Getty Institute of Los Angeles and the Plains Indian Museum in Cody, Wyoming.
Lofaro also brings nearly a decade of experience consulting on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). She will serve as the NAGPRA coordinator for the anthropology department. In addition to her scholarly publications, Lofaro has submitted three notices to be published in the United States Federal Register – a major milestone in the NAGPRA process as these publications represent many years of ongoing consultation with Native American tribes, as well as research and compliance paperwork.