In my scholarship, I draw on techniques from across anthropology, archaeology, and history to investigate the durabilities of colonialism and other forms of political violence, and how they inform present day political consciousness and imaginations of the future. I currently hold a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Society of Fellows for the Liberal Arts at Princeton, where I also lecture in the Anthropology Department and Humanities Council. I received my PhD in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2016-2018, while completing the PhD, I spent time as visiting student with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I have a number of ongoing research projects but my primary fieldwork is based in Quintana Roo, Mexico where I help facilitate a community heritage initiative called the "Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project." I'm committed to operationalizing public history to meet social justice needs and to envisioning a praxis of heritage as liberation.
Beyond academics, I love traveling, being outside, cooking, reading black and indigenous speculative fiction, making crafty things, and family time. You'll also see my work published and presented under Tiffany C. Cain.