Institute for Mesoamerican Studies

Field Research Publication Awards


The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies (IMS) is a non-profit educational research institute dedicated to the study and dissemination of knowledge concerning the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America). IMS serves to organize and coordinate the work of the Mesoamericanist faculty at the State University of New York at Albany. We have the largest number of full-time Mesoamericanists of any institution north of Mexico, and our members are among the most active and prominent scholars in the field of Mesoamerican anthropology. The primary activities of IMS are research and publication. Read more about our history and how to contact us on our About Us page.


Spotlight: IMS in Oaxaca

Institute for Mesoamerican Studies associates Ashley Bishop, Mounia El Kotni and Walter Little presented a poster: "A través de las Tramas del Tiempo: Conectando el Pasado al Presente con los Textiles en la Era Digital" and a paper: "Reforzando Vínculos Transnacionales: los Textiles Como Expresión de la Identidad Triqui en el Norte de Estados Unidos" for the 1er Encuentro de Textiles Mesoamericanos (TEXTIM I) at the MuseoTextil de Oaxaca, Oct, 16-19. During their participation, they learned more ethnographic informtation about several pieces from our IMS Textile Collection.