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Elizabeth Wayland Barber, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Barber has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of higher education

Dr. Elizabeth Wayland Barber is a professor emerita of linguistics and archaeology at Occidental College.

    PASADENA, CA, January 23, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Elizabeth Wayland Barber, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Barber celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A professor emerita of linguistics and archaeology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Dr. Barber previously excelled as a teacher of linguistics, archaeology, and writing between 1969 and 2007. She also served Occidental College as a member of the cognitive science advisory committee and as the co-chairman of the classics advisory committee. Furthermore, she worked as the chair of the non-romance half of the language department between 1990 and 1997. Prior to her near 40-year tenure at Occidental College, Dr. Barber began her career as a research associate at Princeton University from 1968 to 1969.

Known for co-founding the Oxy Folk and Historical Dance Troupe at Occidental College in 1971, Dr. Barber has been a huge part of the Troupe's success, which is devoted to exploring a variety of traditional cultures, especially those of Eastern and Western Europe, North America, the Near East and occasionally Africa. The author of numerous books, including "Archaeological Decipherment" in 1974, "Prehistoric Textiles" in 1991, "Women's Work-The First 20,000 Years" in 1994, "The Mummies of Ürümchi" (1999) and "Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance" (2013), Dr. Barber has co-authored "When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth," in 2005, "Resplendent Dress from South Eastern Europe" in 2013, "Two Thoughts with But a Single Mind: Crime and Punishment and the Writing of Fiction" in 2013.

Dr. Barber is a longtime member of the Linguistic Society of America, the Archeological Institute of America, the Textile Society of America and the Costume Society of America. Locally, she is active as a member of the Southern California Aussie Rescue. Accepting grants from the American Council of Learned Societies in 1977 and the National Endowment of the Humanities between 1972 and 1974 and in 1993, she was recognized as a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation between 1979 and 1980. Dr. Barber has since been featured in the 25th and 26th editions of Who's Who in the West and the 25th edition of Who's Who of American Women.

Born in Pasadena, Calif. to James Harold and Virginia Jane Wayland, Dr. Barber first discovered archaeology while traveling all over western Europe with her family. She also became heavily influenced by the French culture after attending French schools in her youth. Dr. Barber later earned a Bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College as well as a Master's degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in linguistics from Yale University.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Elizabeth Wayland Barber, PhD, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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