Associate Professor, Pre-Columbian Art & Architecture
3021 William Johnston Building
Dr. Michael D. Carrasco has served as Associate Dean in the College of Fine Arts since 2020. In his role, Carrasco oversees accreditation and University program review processes, provides vision and oversight for academic programs and accreditations for the College, and is responsible for improving academic quality, expanding programmatic options, and evaluating course curriculum.
Ph.D, Art History, University of Texas at Austin
MA, Art History, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Archeology, Wesleyan University
Carrasco joined the faculty in the Department of Art History in 2007. Since then, he has served as the founding director of the Master’s degree program in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies and developed the Visual Cultures of the Americas area of study. Prior to his time at FSU, Carrasco taught at the University of Cincinnati and at Wesleyan University, where he was the Luther Gregg Visiting Scholar in Art History. He received his PhD and MA from the University of Texas at Austin in Art History and BA in Archaeology from Wesleyan University. He is co-Director of the Mesoamerican Corpus of Formative Period Art and Writing project.
The visual cultures of the Americas, particularly the Maya and Formative period Gulf Coast, are at the center of Carrasco’s research. His scholarship and teaching draw on diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives—including poetics, iconography, ecology, ritual, historical linguistics, and image theory, among others—to elucidate the origins of writing in the Americas and examine indigenous aesthetics, theology, and epistemologies. Over the last decade his research and teaching have expanded to encompass a broader range of topics including indigenous heritage, digital humanities, and the dynamic interaction between folk traditions and the global art system.
His recent work has been supported by internal funding from FSU, an NEH Digital Humanities Level II Start-up Grant, an NEH Fellowship, a Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), and a Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) Furusato Vision Project (for the project Oita’s Bamboo Art and Heritage).
The fruits of his scholarship have appeared in numerous journal publications, as well as the edited volumes Under the Shade of Thipaak: Cycads, Humans, and Maize in Mesoamerican Ethnoecological and Agroecological Systems (University Press of Florida, 2021), Interregional Interaction in Ancient Mesoamerica (University Press of Colorado, 2019), Parallel Worlds: Genre, Discourse, and Poetics in Contemporary, Colonial, and Classic Maya Literature (University Press of Colorado, 2012), and Pre-Columbian Foodways: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food, Culture, and Markets in Ancient Mesoamerica (Springer, 2010). He was co-curator with Paul Niell and Lesley A. Wolff of the exhibition Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié (Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, February 16-April 1, 2018).
He has supervised many doctoral and MA projects that range in subject matter from the ancient Americas to modern and contemporary global art and heritage. Perspective doctoral students should contact him prior to applying to discuss their projects.