Terry L. Hunt

Franke Dean

Dr. Terry L. Hunt is an internationally renowned anthropologist, archaeologist, and educator. Dr. Hunt is one of the world's foremost experts on the human and environmental histories of the Pacific Islands, where he has conducted field research for more than four decades. Dr. Hunt has led study-abroad courses for the past 18 years to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), where he involves students in his field research. Dr. Hunt previously served as dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. He is the author of "The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island," co-authored with Carl Lipo, detailing Rapa Nui's ancient history. The book won the Society for American Archaeology's Book of the Year award in the public audience category in 2011. Dr. Hunt's research was the focus of a National Geographic magazine cover story in July 2012 and a Nova-National Geographic TV documentary that first aired on PBS in November 2012. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Hawaii in 1976, his master's degree at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1980, and his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Washington.