Yahaira Nunez-Cortes

Education:
Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In progress]
M.A. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY, 2014
Licenciatura in Anthropology with emphasis in Archaeology, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2012
B.A. Anthropology, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2009

Contact:
ynunez-cortes@albany.edu

Research Interests:
Lower Central America and Mesoamerican Archaeology, Complex Societies, Interregional Interaction, Political Economy

Area of Study / Field site:
Lower Central America and Mexico

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Robert Rosenswig; Archaeology

CV Link
Institute for Mesoamerican Studies Profile

Yajaira is a PhD student in the department of Anthropology, with emphasis on Mesoamerican Archaeology. Her work has been focused on the coast of Chiapas and the Lower Central America. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. Her general interests include the emergence of complex societies, the establishment of interregional trade networks, domestic economies, social inequality and household archaeology. For her master's Yajaira studied Late Postclassic materials from La Libertad, in Soconusco, Chiapas, Mexico. Her project employed GIS applications to archaeological materials to understand the distribution of functional and typological assemblages that could shed light into the differential use of space. Her doctoral research focuses on the dynamics of power in complex societies of Costa Rica, and the role of interregional exchange in the construction of economic and political inequality.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & DISTINCTIONS

TEACHING ASSISTANCE
Spring 2015. Teaching Assistant. Human Evolution. Proffesor: David Strait, The University at Albany, SUNY.
Fall 2014. Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Archaeology. Professor: Dr. Robert Rosenswig. The University at Albany, SUNY.
Spring 2014. Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Archaeology. Professor: Dr. Jannette Carioto. The University at Albany, SUNY.
Fall 2103. Teaching Assistant. Aztec, Inca, Maya. Professor: Dr. Bradley Russell. The University at Albany, SUNY.
Spring 2013. Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Archaeology. Professor: Dr. Sean Rafferty. The University at Albany, SUNY.
Fall 2012. Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Archaeology. Professor: Dr. Robert Rosenswig. The University at Albany, SUNY.
2007-2008. Teacher Assistant. Inventory of Archaeological and Historical Sites at the Higher and Middle Basin of Reventazón River Project. Professor: Licda. Patricia Rojas. Anthropology Department, University of Costa Rica.
2008. Teacher Assistant. Analytical Techniques in Archaeology Course. Professor: Licda. Patricia Rojas. Anthropology Department. University of Costa Rica.

FIELD AND LAB EXPERIENCE
2015. Laboratory director. Ceramic analysis, La Libertad site, Soconusco, Chiapas, México. University at Albany-SUNY.
2015. Survey co-director. Izapa Regional Survey Project. Soconusco, Chiapas, Mexico. University of New York at Albany.
2013. Zooarchaeological analysis, Mayapan, Yucatán, Mexico. University of New York at Albany.
2013. Assistant for Laboratory analysis. Izapa Regional Survey Project. Soconusco, Chiapas, Mexico. University of New York at Albany.
2012. Survey director/Excavation co-director. Izapa Regional Survey Project. Soconusco, Chiapas, Mexico. University of New York at Albany.
2011. Field Assistant. Batambal Site, Department of Anthropology and History, National Museum of Costa Rica.
2011. Assistant for pottery analysis. La Iberia site. MA Jared Latimer. Doctoral dissertation, University of New York at Albany.
2011. Survey director. Izapa Regional Survey Project. Soconusco, Chiapas, Mexico. University of New York at Albany.
2010. Assistant for pottery analysis. Batambal and Liceo Sites, Department of Anthropology and History, National Museum of Costa Rica.
2009. Assistant for pottery analysis. Field season 2009. Las Mercedes Site. National Museum of Costa Rica-University of New York at Albany.

FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
2016. Dissertation Research Fellowship Award, University at Albany-SUNY.
2016. Christopher DeCormier Memorial Scholarship for Mesoamerican Fieldwork, Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, University at Albany-SUNY.
2016. GSEU Professional Development Award, University at Albany-SUNY
2015-2016. Graduate Assistant, Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, University at Albany-SUNY.
2015-2016. International Peace Scholarship, PEO Sisterhood.
2015. Initiatives for Women. The University at Albany, SUNY.
2014. Graduate Student Association Professional Development Grant, University at Albany, SUNY.
2012-2015. Teaching Assistantship, The University at Albany, SUNY
2012-2013. International Peace Scholarship, PEO Sisterhood

PUBLICATIONS

-Núñez-Cortes, Y. 2015. El Sitio Punta Zancadilla (L-100). Primera evidencia en el Archipiélago de las Perlas de bienes de prestigio, asociados a un nuevo conjunto de cerámica (1700-1400 cal a.P). Canto Rodado 10:39-55.

-Núñez-Cortés, Y. y M. Sáenz. 2008. Vinculando pasado y presente: una propuesta arqueológica para el "Ecomuseo de la cerámica Chorotega" San Vicente, Guanacaste. In: II Congreso de Museos: Museos y Comunidades. Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica