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 Textile Collection

Over the years, the IMS has acquired an important textile collection through donations. The collection includes sashes, belts, bags, blouses, mostly from Guatemala. These piecesare currently being catalogued, and will later be presented through an online exhibition. Learn more about our collection on ourIMS Textile Collection webpage.