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Dr. Scher is interested in the intersection of costume, gender, and power in ancient Peruvian art and in the ancient Americas in general. She is the author of the 2018 article "Malleable victims and discourses of dominance at Huaca de la Luna" in the journal World Art, and co-editor of the 2017 volume Dressing the Part: Power,dress, gender and representation in the Pre-Columbian Americas from the University Press of Florida. She is a 2014 recipient of an NEH Summer Institute Grant for  "Pictorial Histories and Myth-Histories: "Graphic Novels" of the Mixtecs and Aztecs" and a 2008 recipient of a Fullbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant for her work in Peru.



B.F.A., Washington University in St Louis
M.A., New Mexico State University
M.F.A., New Mexico State University
Ph.D., Emory University


“Held in the Balance: Shamanism and Gender Roles in Ancient and Modern Practice,” Acta Americana: Journal of the Swedish Americanist Society, 15 (1): 28-46.


“Breath of the Ancestors: Ceramics and Sound in the Ancient Americas,” Ceramics TECHNICAL 15 (1): 21-26.


“Markers of Masculinity: Phallic Representation in Moche Art.” Bulletin de l’Institut Français d’Études Andines. 41(2): 169-196.


Dressing the Part: Power, Dress, Gender, and Representation in the Pre-Columbian Americas, edited with Billie J.A. Follensbee. University Press of Florida.


"Malleable victims and discourses of dominance at Huaca de la Luna" in World Art 8:2, 111-136, DOI: 10.1080/21500894.2017.1413684.


"Bodies in Both Worlds: A Preliminary Comparison of Human and Supernatural Dress in Moche Art.”

Chapter contribution to Pre-Columbian Pottery: A Thematic Approach to New World Ceramics, ed. Yumi Park, Johanna Minich, and Dean Price. University Press of Florida.

“Dressing the Other: Foreign Women in Moche Ceramic Art” West 86th 26 (2): 188–213


“Destituir a los sacerdotes: La iconografía moche, la falsa ubicuidad y la creación de un canon,” in Arte antes de la historia, ed. Marco Curatola Petrocchi, Cécile Michaud, Joanne Pillsbury, and Lisa Trever. Pontificia Universidad Católica, Lima, Peru.


“The Achumera: Gender, Status, and the San Pedro Cactus in Moche Iconography,” in Andean Lowlands and Coastal Foodways: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Contemporary Food and Culture edited by John E. Staller. Springer Press.