Mary W. Helms

University of North Carolina, Greensboro | Professor EmeritaMember since 1965

My Biography

Mary W. Helms (PhD, University of Michigan, 1967) is an expert in the ethnography and ethnohistory of non-Hispanic Central American (eastern Nicaragua, Panama. This was followed by extensive cross-cultural study of cosmographical interpretations and valuations of geographical “distance.” More recent work has focused on cosmological associations in early medieval Western European monastic life and on metaphysical qualities accorded to metal and metallurgical processes, among other things. Dr. Helms’ first AAA annual meeting was in 1965.