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2019-2022 Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University Society of Fellows
University of Pennsylvania
PhD, Anthropology, 2019
Dissertation: Materializing Political Violence: Segregation, War, & Memory in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Master of Arts (co-terminal), Anthropology, 2011
Thesis: “That Heritage Place”: The Implications of Heritage Practice in Western Australia
Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Archaeology, 2011
Thesis: Holding History, Mapping the Future: Readdressing Cultural Landscapes and Archaeology through Lessons from Aboriginal Australia
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
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.
Cain, 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.
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.
"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.
“Exploring Landscapes of Political Violence through Collaborative Archaeology.” Society for Historical Archaeology New Orleans, Louisiana, January 4-7th, 2018.
“The Materialization of Political Violence and the Affordances of Limestone in Early Republican Yucatán.” Ethical and Political Materialities Graduate Conference, Princeton University, December 8-9th, 2018.
“Temporal Sedimentation, Intergenerational Affect, and a Heritage of Violence.” American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., November 30-December 3rd, 2017.
“Collaborative Approaches to the Archaeology of Political Violence: Rethinking the Caste War of Yucatán (1847-1901).” University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology Brown Bag Series, April 6th, 2017.
“Formative Experiences: Everyday Life and Political Violence in Yucatan, 1847-1866.” Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 29-April 2nd, 2017.
Cain, Tiffany C. and Kasey Diserens. “Underneath the Umbrella: Reflections on Collaborative Heritage Practice.” American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20, 2016.
“Landscapes of Power and Identity,” by Richard M. Leventhal, Tiffany C. Cain, Kasey Diserens, Carlos Chan Espinosa, and Elias Chi Poot. Tercer Coloquio AACCP: Asentamientos y Urbanismo Arquitectura y Arqueología en América Y Europa, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico, May 16th, 2016.
“Intersubjectivity and a Theory of Actively Engaged Heritage Practice.” Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, FL, April 6-10th, 2016.
“On the Temporalities and Durability of Historical Violence.” American Anthropological Association, Denver, CO, November 18-22nd, 2015.
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 ofPennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences.
2018 SHA Harriet Tubman Travel Award, Society for Historical Archaeology, Gender and Minority Affairs Committee.
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. Award No. 1640392, “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 President Gutman Leadership Award, University of Pennsylvania.
2018 Sylvia Forman Graduate Paper Prize Honorable Mention, Association of Feminist Anthropologists.
2018 Teaching Certificate, Center for Teaching & Learning, University of Pennsylvania.
2015 Department of Anthropology Teaching Award Nominee, School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.
2011 Vice Provost for Graduate Education Academic Achievement Award, Native American Cultural Center, Stanford University.
SERVICE to the PROFESSION
Consulting Scholar, Penn Museum.
Strategic Planning Committee, Society of Black Archaeologists.
Mentoring Committee, Association of Black Anthropologists.
Member, Student Affairs Committee, Society for American Archaeology, 2017-2020.
Graduate Fellow, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2013-2019.
Adobe InDesign, Photoshop
Spanish (Latin America): Fluent
Yucatec Maya: Beginner
Turkish: With aid of dictionary
Latin: With aid of dictionary