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Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University Society of Fellows2019-2022    

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology & Humanities Council, Princeton University, 2019-2022

Consulting Scholar, Penn Museum, 2019-2022


University of Pennsylvania
PhD, Anthropology, 2019

Dissertation: Materializing Political Violence: Segregation, War, & Memory in Quintana Roo, Mexico


Stanford University
MA (co-terminal), Anthropology, 2011

Thesis: “That Heritage Place”: The Implications of Heritage Practice in Western Australia

Stanford University
BA with Honors, Archaeology, 2011
Thesis: Holding History, Mapping the Future: Readdressing Cultural Landscapes and Archaeology through Lessons from Aboriginal Australia


Edited Collections

Fryer, Tiffany C. and Teresa P. Raczek, eds. 2020. “Engendering Heritage: Contemporary Feminist Approaches to Archaeological Heritage Practice.” Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association (AP3A). Volume 31.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Fryer, Tiffany C. 2020. “Reflecting on Positionality: Archaeological Heritage Praxis in Quintana Roo, Mexico.” AP3A 31: 26-40. (Open Access)

Fryer, Tiffany C. and Teresa P. Raczek. 2020. “Introduction: Toward an Engaged Feminist Heritage Praxis.” AP3A 31: 7-25. (Open Access)

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Fryer, Tiffany C. and Kasey Diserens Morgan. 2021. “Heritage Activism in Quintana Roo, Mexico: Assembling New Futures through an Umbrella Heritage Practice.” In Trowels in the Trenches: Archaeology as Social Activism, edited by Christopher P. Barton. University Press of Florida.

Cain, Tiffany C. and Richard M. Leventhal. 2017. “Questioning the Status of Land as Commodity in Maya Quintana Roo and Belize.” In The Value of Things:  Commodities in the Maya Region, edited by Jennifer P. Mathews and Thomas H. Guderjan. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Special Publications

Fryer, Tiffany C., La Vaughn Belle, Nicholas Galanin, Dell Upton, and Tsione Wolde-Michael. 2021. "As the Statues Fall: An (Abridged) Conversation about Monuments and the Power of Memory." Published Interview, Current Anthropology.

Book Reviews

Fryer, Tiffany C. 2021. Review of Violence and the Caste War of Yucatan, by Wolfgang Gabbert. Hispanic American Historical Review 101 (1): 159-161.

Fryer, Tiffany C. 2020. Review of Technology and Tradition in Mesoamerica after the Spanish Invasion: Archaeological Perspectives, by Rani T. Alexander, ed. Historical Archaeology, 54 (2): 510–512.

Cain, Tiffany C. 2018. Review of Critical Theory and the Anthropology of Heritage Landscapes by Melissa F. Baird. Historical Archaeology, 50 (2): 524.

Cain, Tiffany C. 2016. Review of The Archaeology of Ancestors: Death, Memory, and Veneration, by Erica Hill and Jon B. Hageman, eds. Historical Archaeology, 50 (4): 159-161.

Cain, Tiffany C. 2016. Returning to the Study of Things: A Review of Ruin Memories: Materialities, Aesthetics, and the Archaeology of the Recent Past, by Bjørnar Olsen and Þóra Pétursdóttir, eds. Expedition Magazine, 58 (1): 46.

Cain, Tiffany C. 2013. Review of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, 2nd Edition, by Linda Tuhiwai Smith. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 44 (3): 342-343.

Public Scholarship

2020. "As the Statues Fall: A Conversation on Monuments and the Power of Memory." Webinar moderator. Watch here.

2020. "The Tihosuco Heritage Preservation & Community Development Project: An Introduction." DigNation Festival.

2019. "#30: Bringing Your Heart Home," with Ian Pollock on The Familiar Strange Podcast. Listen here.

2016. “Activating and Deactivating Heritage Symbols: On the Tubman $20 and Other Symbolic Controversies.” Anthropology News. May Issue.

2015. "On Writing and Productivity." UPenn Anthropology Graduate Blog. November.

2014. “Social Media, Racial Violence, and Confronting the Ensemble of Michael Brown.” Anthropology News, September Issue.​​




“Casting Segregation as Autonomy: Revisiting the Origins of the Caste War of Yucatan.” Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop Colloquium, University of Chicago, May 20th, 2021.

“An Archaeology of Violence and Coloniality in the Yucatan.”  Archaeology and Biological Anthropology Lunch Talk, UC Santa Cruz, April 7th, 2021.


“Recovery: Critical Approaches to Heritage, Monuments, and Memory in the Academy.” Virtual Panel Discussion. University of South Florida, February 3rd, 2021.


“Infrastructures of Race and War: An Indigenous Archaeology of Insurrection.” Cotsen Institute of Archaeology “Pizza Talk”, UCLA, January 27th, 2021.

“Collaborating against Coloniality: Insights from Maya Historical Archaeologies.” Anthropology Lecture Series, University of Texas at Austin, November 23rd, 2020.

“Political Violence, Periodization, and an Indigenous Archaeology of the Caste War of Yucatan.” Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, November 6th, 2020.

“Against the “Workmen” Model (and Other Mechanisms of Injustice in Archaeology).” John T. J. Ho Distinguished Lecture in Anthropology, Florida State University, October 27th, 2020.

“Race, War, and Roads: An Indigenous Archaeology of a Maya Insurrection.” Faculty and Graduate Student Guest-led Seminar. Florida State University, October 26th, 2020.

"Heritage as Liberation?" Society for Historical Archaeology, Boston, Massachusetts, January 8-11th, 2020.

"Material Mediations on Prosthetic Memory." American Anthropological Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 20-24th, 2019.

“Heritage as Compounded Performance.” Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG USA), Syracuse, New York, May 3-5th, 2019.


“Whose Heroes? Monuments, Race, and Historical Memory in the Yucatán.” American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California, November 14-18th, 2018.

"Temporal Sedimentation, Intergenerational Affect, and a Heritage of Violence (Revisited).” Latin American Studies Association, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, May 23-26th, 2018.


“Kept Out or Closed In? An Analysis of Civilian Fortification Strategies during the Maya Social  War.” Society for American Archaeology, Washington D.C. April 11-15th, 2018.


“Social Justice in the Maya Area: Reframing the Past in the Present,” by Richard M. Leventhal, Tiffany C. Cain, and Kasey Diserens. State of the Field 2018: Archaeology and Social Justice Conference, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, March 2-3rd, 2018.



2018-2019    Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

2012-2019    Louis J. Kolb Society Junior Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

2012-2017    F. S. Pepper/William Fontaine Society Fellowship for Graduate Education, University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences.

2009-2011    Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) and Graduate Initiatives Program (2012-2019), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Select Grants & Awards
2018     SHA Harriet Tubman Travel Award, Society for Historical Archaeology, Gender and Minority Affairs Committee.

2018     Sylvia Forman Graduate Paper Prize Honorable Mention, Association of Feminist Anthropologists.

2017     Research & Travel Grant, Latin American & Latinx Studies Grant, University of Pennsylvania. Also, 2014 and 2016.

2016     Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation. “The Effect of Violence on Domestic Social Organization.”

2016     Teece Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Science.

2015     Student Diversity Travel Grant and Membership Award, Archaeology Division, American Anthropological Association, also 2013.

2015     Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Grant, Duke University Consortium for Latin American Studies. For the UNC Yucatec Maya Summer Institute, Level 1.

2015     President Gutman Leadership Award, University of Pennsylvania.