Francisco Diaz


I was born in Merida, Yucatan and emigrated to the U.S when I was five years old. I grew in in the Bay Area, where my experiences in organizing and community media and interest in my native heritage led me to discover that archaeology provided the perfect opportunity and intersection in which to work on the issues that have interested me my entire life.

Research Interests

indigenous archaeology, community archaeology, and issues of heritage and identity, as well as native foodways and tying in ancestral ways of eating as expressions of agency under colonialism and trying these ideas to modern efforts in food sovereignty. I hope to develop these interests further by studying the Caste War through the Community Heritage Project in Tihosuco in Yucatan and use my research to help Mayan communities on both sides of the border.

Graduate Status