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Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan

Assistant Curator of Historical & Contemporary Archaeology, University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology

Academic Board, Institute for Field Research


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


2019 PhD Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

2011 MA (co-terminal) Anthropology, Stanford University

2011 BA with Honors, Archaeology, Stanford University


Edited Collections

Fryer, Tiffany C. and Maia Dedrick, eds. 2023. "Special Section: Reckoning with Violence." American Anthropologist 125 (2--June).

Diserens Morgan, Kasey and Tiffany C. Fryer, eds. 2022. Coloniality in the Maya Lowlands: Archaeological Perspectives. First title in Global Colonialisms Series. Order from University Press of Colorado! (Use code DISE22 for 40% off)


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

Montgomery, Lindsay M. and Tiffany C. Fryer. 2023. "The Future of Archaeology Is (Still) Community Collaboration." Antiquity  97 (394): 795-809.

Fryer, Tiffany C. 2023. "Heritage as Liberation." American Anthropologist  125 (2): 420-434.

Fryer, Tiffany C. and Maia Dedrick. 2023. "Let's Reckon, Then." Special Section Introduction. American Anthropologist  125 (2): 334-345.

​Fryer, Tiffany C. 2022. "Periodizing Things." Colonial Latin American Review 31 (4): 580-590.

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. 2022. "Confronting Violence in the Layered Landscapes of East-Central Quintana Roo." In Coloniality in the Maya Lowlands: Archaeological Perspectives.

Diserens Morgan, Kasey and Tiffany C. Fryer. 2022. "Characterizing an Archaeology of the Recent Past in the Maya Region." In Coloniality in the Maya Lowlands: Archaeological Perspectives.

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  62 (3): 374-384.

Book Reviews

Fryer, Tiffany C. 2022. Archaeologies of Violence and Privilege, edited by Christopher N. Matthews and Bradley D. Phillippi. American Antiquity  87(4): 855-856.

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

Fryer, Tiffany C. 2020. 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. Critical Theory and the Anthropology of Heritage Landscapes by Melissa F. Baird. Historical Archaeology, 50 (2): 524.

Cain, Tiffany C. 2016. 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. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, 2nd Edition, by Linda Tuhiwai Smith. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 44 (3): 342-343.

Public Scholarship

2022. "Decolonizing Heritage and Curation," on SAPIENS TalkBack. RadioCIAMS. Listen here.

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.




“Practicing Heritage as Liberation to Collaborate against Coloniality.” Von Hess Residency Program Symposium on Monuments and Public Art, Lancaster, PA, March 25th, 2022.

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

“From Critical to Substantive Heritage Practice.” Society for American Archaeology, April 15th, 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.

“Dissent, Community Stratification, and Small but Meaningful Successes.” Co-authored with Bartolomé Poot Moo, and Lucia Chan Tuz.  41st Annual Ethnography in Education Forum. University of Pennsylvania, February 21-22, 2020.

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

“Métodos Colaborativos para la Arqueología de la Guerra Social Maya: Reflexiones de Tihosuco, Quintana Roo.” XI Congreso Internacional de Mayistas: Tradiciones y Reelaboraciones, June 23-29, 2019.





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

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

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

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