Stacy Drake

Human Remains Collections Manager

Gantz Family Collections Center
Science Focus

    As Collections Manager for Biological Anthropology, Stacy’s work combines her experiences in archaeology, human osteology, bioarchaeology, ethics, and repatriation and NAGPRA law. At the Field Museum, she facilitates research and repatriation projects and works in collaboration with descendant and indigenous communities to appropriately document and care for human remains housed at the Field Museum.

    Stacy was hired at the Field Museum in 2017 as part of an IMLS-funded project to improve the Museum’s documentation and care of human remains from North America. In 2020 she transitioned into her current role as Collections Manager for Biological Anthropology. Stacy now cares for all human remains housed at the Museum regardless of temporal or geographic origin. Originally from Iowa, Stacy studied Anthropology and German at the University of Iowa. She then earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on mortuary patterns of the ancient Maya of Belize. Prior to her appointment at the Field Museum, Stacy served as Osteologist and NAGPRA Coordinator for the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory. Though born and raised in the Midwest, Stacy's 10 years in Texas left an impact on her, and she is always looking for recommendations for good Bluegrass music and tacos in the Chicago area. Oh, and unless it’s 15+ years old, she probably hasn’t seen that show or movie.

    Education and Work

    Ph.D.: 2016, The University of Texas at Austin

    M.A.: 2011, The University of Texas at Austin

    B.A.: 2007, The University of Iowa


    American Alliance of Museums

    Society for American Archaeology