Dr. Frances Levine has been Director of the New Mexico History Museum since 2002, and oversaw the development and construction of the newest museum in the Museum of New Mexico system. The New Mexico History Museum campus now includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest museum in the Museum of New Mexico system, the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library and Photo Archives, The Palace Print Shop, and the Native American Portal Artisans Program.
A native of Connecticut, Frances received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. She came to the museum from her position as the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences at Santa Fe Community College (in Santa Fe, New Mexico). At the college she taught classes in New Mexico history and the ethno history of the Pueblo and Hispanic communities of the Southwest. In 2009, she attended the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute, and she is a member of the American Association of Museums, the Mountain-Plains Museum Association and the New Mexico Association of Museums, as well as the American Society for Ethno history, and the Santa Fe Trail Association.
She, the author, co-editor or contributor to several award-winning books including Our Prayers Are in This Place: Pecos Pueblo Identity over the Centuries (1999, UNM Press) Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe (2008 MNM Press, with MaryAnne Redding and Krista Elrick) and Telling New Mexico: A New History; (2009 MNM Press, with Marta Weigle and Louise Stiver) as well as a chapter in All Trails Lead to Santa Fe (2010 with Gerald Gonzalez, Sunstone Press), and now in press Frontier Battles and Massacres: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives. (With Ron Wetherington, editors). University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2013