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Bill Sapp is an archaeologist with special expertise in the Andes. He has been leading archaeological and cultural tours of Peru for more than a decade and is an expert in the Inca sites of Machu Picchu and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, the Sacred Valley, and other sites located in and around Cuzco. Bill serves as a director for the non-profit corporation Conservation Volunteers International Program, where he organizes and leads groups of volunteers who work with the Peruvian Cultural Ministry to maintain and preserve Inca ruins in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. He also works with the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment to help maintain biodiversity within the Sanctuary.
Bill received his Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA, where his doctoral dissertation documented his excavations at Cabur, a country palace located on Peru’s north coast. He also excavated at the Chimú administrative center of Algarrobal de Moro and the Lambayeque/ Chimú administrative center at Farfán. Dr. Sapp teaches part-time at California State University San Bernardino, where his courses include South American archaeology, an introduction to world civilizations, and an archaeological field school co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. He also serves as an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service and as a tribal liaison between the U.S. government and 11 federally recognized Indian tribes.
David Scott Palmer is a professor of international relations and political science at Boston University, and is the founding co-director of its Peru summer program. David earned a B.A. from Dartmouth, M.A. from Stanford, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. From 1962 to 1964 he served in the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Peru. David has worked on issues related to political development and democracy, insurgency, border disputes, and civil-military relations in Latin America since studying in Chile and Uruguay.
He is the author of numerous articles and books about the region. His major publications focus on Peruvian politics at both the national and local level (most particularly in Ayacucho) and on Shining Path; other publications have focused on issues such as the military, democracy and its challenges, the Peru-Ecuador border conflict, drug trafficking, and United States-Latin American relations. He has also served (for 12 years) as Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) at the U.S. Department of State. While in Washington, D.C. he also taught a seminar on the politics of the Andean Republics at SAIS as a Professorial Lecturer. For the past five years, he has been a member of the Academic Reserve for the National Intelligence Council to provide perspectives on developments in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, and has traveled regularly to each country, including a visiting professorship at FLACSO Ecuador and a Senior Fulbright Lectureship at the University of Huamanga in Ayacucho, Peru.
Scott will be leading the April and September 2014 departures.