Juan Argueta

Education:
Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
M.A. Anthropology, Wichita State University (Kansas), 2016
B.A. Anthropology, Wichita State University (Kansas), 2010

Contact:
jargueta@albany.edu

Research Interests:
Mesoamerica, Central Mexico, Indigenous/Descendant Groups, Ethnic Identity, Cultural Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Social Movements, Globalization, Post-colonialism, Community Archaeology.

Area of Study / Field site:
Mesoamerica; Central Mexico.

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Walter Little; Cultural Anthropology / Archaeology

CV Link
Institute for Mesoamerican Studies Profile

Before becoming a PhD student in anthropology at University at Albany, I conducted ethnographic research at my primary site in central Mexico and the Yucatan. During the summer of 2013, I served as the project ethnographer for the Xaltocan Museum Project directed by Dr. Lisa Overholtzer. During this period, ethnographic and ethnohistoric data was collected for my master thesis and examined for factors that contributed to successful collaborative community-based projects organized by foreign and local stakeholders in Xaltocan, Mexico. The following summer, I returned to Mexico to serve as an ethnographer and research assistant to Dr. Sarah Taylor in an interdisciplinary pilot study that examined the relationship between neoliberal policy, biodiversity, and rural land-use in Ek’ Balam, Yucatan. During that time, my colleagues and I developed research methods that incorporated ethnographic, ecological, and GIS data to examine these relationships. For my dissertation, I plan to expand on my work in Xaltocan. Focusing on topics that include the commodification of intangible pre-Hispanic heritage, revitalization of indigenous identity, local social movements, and the advent of tourism.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & DISTINCTIONS

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
-2016, Teaching assistant to Dr. Sean M. Rafferty, Critical Thinking and Skepticism in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY. Albany, NY
-2016, Teaching Assistant to Caroline Antonelli, Ancient Peoples of the World, Department of Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY. Albany, NY
-2015, Teaching Assistant to Dr. Louise M. Burkhart, The Aztecs Before and After the Conquest, Department of Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY. Albany, NY
-2014, Special Assistant to Dr. Lisa Overholtzer, Department of Anthropology, Wichita State University. Wichita, KS
-2013-2014, Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Sarah R. Taylor, Department of Anthropology, Wichita State University. Wichita, KS
-2012-2013, Graduate Assistant to Cathy Moore-Jansen, Ablah Library, Wichita State
University. Wichita, KS

GRANTS AND AWARDS
-2016, Graduate Student Association Professional Development Grant, University at Albany, SUNY.
-2016, Graduate Student Employees Union Professional Development Awards Program, New York State.
-2016, Christopher DeCormier Memorial Scholarship, Institute of Mesoamerican Studies, University at Albany, SUNY.
-2014, Student Diversity Travel Grant, The Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association.
-2014, Student Travel Research Fellowship, Graduate School, Wichita State University.
-2012, Marvin Munsell Fellowship in Anthropology, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wichita State University.

PUBLICATIONS

 

-Overholtzer, Lisa and Juan R. Argueta, Jr. Letting Skeletons Out of the Closet: The Ethics of Displaying Ancient Mexican Human Remains. Submitted to the International Journal of Heritage Studies.