Known for her research on Mayan and Mesoamerican artwork, this prominent art historian received the prestigious Sterling professorship at Yale University and also served as Dean of Yale College.
After earning her bachelor's degree from Princeton University, she received her doctorate from Yale.
Her field research in Mexico resulted in a 1986 art history publication titled The Murals of Bonampak.
She was born and raised in New York state.
She and American sculptor Clifford Ross were born in the same year and both earned art history degrees from Yale University.