Crystal Sheedy

Education:
Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
M.A. Anthropology, Texas State University - San Marcos, 2011
B.A. Anthropology, Cortland College - SUNY, 2008

Contact:
crystal.sheedy@gmail.com

Research Interests:
Gender, Women’s Studies, Anthropological Linguistics, Indigenous Revitalization, Maya Culture, Maya Language, Cultural Maintenance and Preservation

Area of Study / Field site:
Mesoamerica

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Walter Little; Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics

CV Link
Institute for Mesoamerican Studies Profile

My work concentrates on Maya culture and language of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. As an undergraduate student at SUNY Cortland, I began to learn the basics to the Maya (Yucatec) language. As I pursued my M.A. at Texas State University-San Marcos, I completed the Yucatec Maya Language Program offered through UNC. For my M.A. thesis, I worked in a Maya village in the Mexican State of Yucatán. For my dissertation, I am working in the same Maya village. For both of these projects, I chose to do my fieldwork in Maya because I feel that it is the ethnographer’s obligation to learn a culture’s indigenous language. To me, this not only strengthens the bond between the ethnographer and their participants, but also furthers the validity of the ethnographer’s research. My past research focused on migration and its effects on a single extended family’s economy and gender roles.  My current research focuses on Maya women’s resistance to cultural change through their everyday discourse genres. This work demonstrates that despite previous ethnographic claims of Mayas losing their past cultural practices and ideologies as a consequence to globalization and modernization projects put forth by the government, it is in women’s everyday discourse genres, where it is found that Maya women are actively maintaining and preserving their past cultural ideologies and practices as they and their daughters transition into the “modern era” – getting jobs, education, and so forth.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & DISTINCTIONS

POSITIONS:
-Lecturer at University at Albany (Winter 2015-2016); Taught Online Course: AANT 100 (Culture, Society, and Biology)
-Teaching Assistant at University at Albany; Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Linguistics with Dr. John Justeson for Fall 2015
Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Linguistics with Dr. Jim Collins for Spring 2015.
Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Linguistics with Dr. John Justeson for Fall 2014.
Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology with Indrakshi Tandon for Spring 2014.
Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology with Dr. Elise Andaya for Fall 2013.
-Lecturer at University at Albany (Summer 2015); Taught Online Course: AANT 100 (Culture, Society, and Biology)
-Non-Profit Management Intern at U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. (January to May 2015).
-Lecturer at University at Albany (Summer 2014); Taught: AANT 100 (Culture, Society, and Biology)
-Graduate Instructional Assistant (GIA) at Texas State University-San Marcos
GIA for two courses in Cultural Anthropology with Dr. Neill Hadder and Dr. Emily Brunson for Spring 2011.
GIA for three courses in Cultural Anthropology with Dr. Neill Hadder and Dr. Augustine Agwuele for Fall 2010.
GIA for three courses in Cultural Anthropology with Dr. Neill Hadder, Dr. R. Jon McGee and Professor Marta Salazar for Spring 2010.
GIA for two courses in Cultural Anthropology with Dr. Augustine Agwuele and Dr. Neill Hadder for Fall 2009.
-Teaching Assistant/Instructor for English Language Learner (ELL) classes at the San Marcos Public Library in San Marcos, TX. (Spring to Fall 2010).
-Teaching assistant for introduction course to Cultural Anthropology with Dr. Tiantian Zheng at SUNY Cortland. (Spring 2008).

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
-Graduate Assistant for the CYCLES project (Spring 2013); The Institute for Informatics, Logic and Security Studies – University at Albany
-San Marcos Cemetery Project (Spring 2010); “Mexican American Grave Markers: Culture, Iconography, and Demographics.”
-Adult English Language Learners at the San Marcos Public Library (Spring 2010); “Spaces Between: The Migrant within All of Us.”
-Honor’s Thesis for Honor’s Anthropology two semester course. (Fall 2007 to Spring 2008); “Theoretical Constructs and Ethnographic Data of Maya Women of the Yucatán.”
-Museum intern for Brooks Museum at SUNY Cortland. (Fall 2007)

GRANTS AND AWARDS:
-Awarded Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship. (Spring to Fall 2016)
-Awarded Firebird Fellowship from the Firebird Foundation for dissertation fieldwork. (Spring to Fall 2016)
-Awarded Teaching Assistantship at University at Albany. (Fall 2013 to Spring 2015)
-Awarded Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Grant for Summer 2014 from Initiatives for Women at University at Albany.
-Awarded Christopher DeCormier Memorial Scholarship in Mesoamerican Studies for Summer 2013 from the Institute of Mesoamerican Studies at University at Albany.
-Awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) in Latin American Studies for Summer 2012 from University of North Carolina.
-Awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) in Latin American Studies for Summer 2011 from University of North Carolina.
-Awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) in Latin American Studies for Summer 2010 from Duke University.
-Awarded Graduate Instructional Assistantship (GIA) at Texas State University.
(Fall 2009 and Spring 2011)
-Awarded Graduate College Scholarship at Texas State University. (Fall 2009)