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Hugo Reyes-Centeno
Assistant Professor

Born in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, Dr. Reyes-Centeno grew up in Port Hueneme (Chumash: Wene'mu), California and attended the public school system, benefitting from a range of enrichment programs that included GATE (Gifted and Talented Education, California Association for the Gifted), NASA-HACU Proyecto Access (National Aeronautics and Space Administration & Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities), and Math/Science Upward Bound (Federal TRIO, US Department of Education). A first-generation college student from a farm-working family, he was a W.E.B DuBois Scholar at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and completed a bachelor’s degree in Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University in 2008. After two years serving as a professional Admissions Counselor at Stanford University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission and co-directing the transfer student program, Reyes-Centeno was awarded the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus scholarship to enroll in the International Master in Quaternary & Prehistory (IMQP). During that time, he studied at the University of Ferrara (Italy), conducted research at the National Museum of Natural History (France), and defended his thesis research at the University of Rovira i Virgili (Catalonia, Spain). Thereafter, he was an Assistant Researcher at the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tübingen (Germany) in 2015.  Dr. Reyes-Centeno served as Scientific Coordinator of the Humanities Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Tübingen prior to being appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky in 2020. He has performed paleontological and archaeological fieldwork in France, Italy, Peru, the Philippines, and Spain. Dr. Reyes-Centeno is Co-Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded EduceLab: Infrastructure for Next-Generation Heritage Science.


Contact Information
203C Lafferty Hall
859 257 2684 (Office)
859 323 9865 (Lab)
1020A Export St
Ph.D. Archaeological Sciences, University of Tübingen

M.Sc. Quaternary & Prehistory, University of Ferrara

B.A. Anthropological Sciences, Stanford University

Research Interests
  • Primate bio-cultural evolution
  • human fossil record
  • heritage science
  • bioarchaeology
  • virtual anthropology
  • geometric morphometrics
  • Anthropology
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies