Institute for Mesoamerican Studies

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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.



IMS Announces This Year's Awardees

Abelardo de la Cruz de la CruzJeffrey Bryant

The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies congratulates student associates Abelardo de la Cruz de la Cruz (pictured to the left) and Jeff Bryant (pictured to the right) for each winning the Christopher DeCormier Memorial Scholarship; Jamilläh Rodriguez and Holly Neville for each winning The First Encounter Scholarship for Mesoamerican Fieldwork; Crystal Sheedy for winning The David Scotchmer Essay Award; and Evelyn Cuautle Suarez for winning The Undergraduate Essay Award in Mesoamerican Studies. To learn more about the awardees' projects and essays click here.


IMS Student Associate receives NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award!

Yahaira Nunez Cortes at Lomas EntierrosLomas entierros

The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies congratulates student associate, Yahaira Núñez Cortés, on receiving a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project entitled, "The Emergence of Social Complexity."

Updates on her research and the Lomas Entierros Archaeological Project will be posted on the project's blog.


IMS Alumna receives Best Dissertation Prize!

The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies congratulates IMS alumna, Dr. Mounia El Kotni, on winning the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS) ( 2017 Best Dissertation Prize for her dissertation: "Porque Tienen Mucho Derecho:" Parteras, Biomedical Training and the Ver-nacularization of Human Rights In Chiapas.

To learn more about Dr. El Kotni's work, check out her website.


Dr. Robert Carmack honored at American Society for Ethnohistory!

Photo of Dr. Robert Carmack

The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies congratulates Dr. Carmack on receiving the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the American Society of Ethnohistory (ASE) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for outstanding achievements in the field of Ethnohistory. This award was presented at the ASE Annual Banquet on October 14, 2017 by the president of the ASE. Dr. Carmack aslo recently published a new book entitled, The Indigenous Peoples of Mesoamerica and Central America: Their Societies, Cultures, and Histories.