Tiffany Cain


I am an anthropologist usinghistorical archaeology and ethnography to better understand the ways in whichthe legacies of the past, particularly violent conflict, form present daypolitical consciousness and imaginations of the future. My current researchbased in Quintana Roo, Mexico seeks to push the limits of the pragmaticapplication of archaeological projects while thinking critically about thesociopolitics of heritage and its interplay with community development throughcommunity-organized participatory research.  This work is anchored by archaeological andarchival investigations into the history of the Caste War of Yucatan or theMaya Social War (1847-1901), arguably the most successful indigenous rebellionin the Americas.


M.A. Anthropology, Stanford University B.A. with Honors, Archaeology, Stanford University

Research Interests

Cultural heritage and collective memory; archaeologies of violence and colonialism; race and indigeneity in Latin America; feminist anthropologies; materiality.

Cultural heritage ethics; intangible heritage; collective memory and social histories; indigenous and diasporic archaeologies; archaeology of colonialism; archaeologies of rebellion; landscape archaeology; race and gender; politics of recognition; reconciliation; historical anthropology; materiality; semiotics. Western Australia; Americas, currently Maya Yucatan. For more information or to connect:

Graduate Status