Ph.D. 2016, University of Kentucky; Archaeology of the Maya region. Visiting Scholar using Vanderbilt's vast library and resources on Maya archaeology.
Ph.D. 2017 University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology. Assistant Professor of Anthropology at George Mason University. Dr. Smith is collaborating with Dr. Benn-Torres in the Laboratory of Genetic Anthropology and Biocultural Studies and with Dr. Tung in the Bioarchaeology & Stable Isotope Research Lab.
Ph.D. 2020 University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology, specializes in biocultural archaeology, migration, kinship, isotope geochemistry, ancient DNA, and the ancient Maya.
Works with Dr. Benn-Torres in the Laboratory of Genetic Anthropology and Biocultural Studies and with Dr. Tung in the Bioarchaeology & Stable Isotope Research Lab.
Dr. Tatiana Paz Lemus
Ph.D. 2019 Vanderbilt University. Anthropology. Tatiana specializes in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on well-being and youth in Guatemala. She works with Dr. Fischer as program manager for the Vanderbilt Cultural Contexts of Health and Wellbeing. In addition, she is an advisor and senior consultant at Population Council Guatemala and teaches research at Universidad Maya Kaqchikel in Guatemala.
PhD 2013, Spanish. University of California, Davis. Assistant Professor in the Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures Department at Mississippi State University. Dr. Zelaya’s work focuses on literary and visual representation of indigenous Salvadoran myths, the Central American diaspora’s cultural production, and more recently is conducting research on cultural identities of Latinx communities in what has been termed the Nuevo South.
Dr. Zelaya and is collaborating with Dr. Ross on several research projects, including a study centering on food, community politics and migration in the Nuevo South, and a digital story-telling and identity in El Salvador.