Elizabeth Pope has been with the Art Institute of Chicago since 2005 and currently serves as the senior research associate with the Arts of the Americas and Textiles departments. Trained as an art historian, anthropologist, and archaeologist, she specializes in ancient Mesoamerican art, architecture, and ritual performance with a particular focus on the cosmology of the ancient Maya. Notable projects include contributions to the Indian Arts of the Americas at the Art Institute of Chicago (2016) collection catalogue, co-curator of the 2018 exhibition Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes; and selected as the 2019–20 Archaeological Institute of America, R.S. Webster Lectureship.
She holds a PhD in art and art history from the University of Texas at Austin; an MA in archaeological studies from Yale University; and a BA in cross cultural studies from Colgate University.