Ellen Hoobler is the William B. Ziff, Jr., Associate Curator of Art of the Americas at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. Prior to joining the Walters, Hoobler was Assistant Professor of Art History at Cornell College (Mount Vernon, IA), and has also taught at Columbia University and the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA). Hoobler holds a doctorate from Columbia University in Art History and Archaeology, and an undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies from Wellesley College. A specialist on ancient art of the Americas and its historiography, she is the author of "Smoothing the Path for Rough Stones: The Changing Role of Pre-Columbian Art in the Arensberg Collection," in Hollywood Arensberg : Avant-Garde Collecting in Midcentury L.A., published by the Getty Research Institute in October, 2020. She was the co-editor of Visual Culture in the Ancient Americas: Contemporary Perspectives (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017.) She also has recently published contributions to the Journal of the Walters Art Museum, the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (CUNY), and The Significance of Small Things: Essays in Honour of Diana Fane (Ediciones El Viso, 2018.)
Hoobler is a fan of all things Oaxacan and in the early 2000s was the co-founder (with Nimcy Arellanes Cancino) and proprietor of a tour company focused on folk and fine art, architecture, and archaeology of the region.