Jessica A. Villescaz received a B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology, as well as her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Anthropology from the University of Texas Pan American. She is a life-time member of the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi, Lambda Alpha and Psi Chi. She is also member of the Society of American Archaeology and the American Anthropological Association.
Ms. Villescaz's specializations include: Latin American Archaeology, Latin American Iconography, Social Anthropology, Folklore, Ethnobotany, Artifact and Site Analysis, Preservation and Restoration Methods, Forensic Anthropology and Historical Anthropology. She has traveled and worked throughout Latin America for the past 18 years, most notably in Peru, where she has both partaken and led Archaeological and Cultural projects, including restoration and preservation work at the endangered UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chan Chan in Trujillo, Peru.
Ms. Villescaz has worked under the auspices of the ex-Institute of Culture of Peru and continues to work closely with its current incarnation the Ministry of Culture. She is a vetted researcher that has done both volunteer and contract work for NGO's such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Human Rights Watch (HRW). She has presented and attended numerous conferences and workshops both in the U.S. and abroad.
Ms. Villescaz previously worked as a museum Curator, Archivist and Education Coordinator. As Education Coordinator, she created educational traveling trucks and was in charge of creating and presenting workshops for the Brownsville Independent School District’s Social Studies teachers and coordinators.
Ms. Villescaz has been an adjunct professor of Anthropology with South Texas College since 2009 and she has been teaching as a Dual Enrollment Instructor for the Progreso Early College High School since 2012.