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, 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. 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 and Education Quarterly, 44 (3): 342-343.
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.
WORKS in PROGRESS
Cain, Tiffany C. and Teresa P. Raczek, eds. Accepted, with Revisions. “Engendering Heritage:
Contemporary Feminist Approaches to Archaeological and Heritage Practice.” Archaeological Papers of the
American Anthropological Association (AP3A). Volume 31, expected publication 2020.
Diserens Morgan, Kasey and Tiffany C. Cain, eds. Under Contract. Coloniality in the Maya Lowlands: Archaeological Perspectives. Edited compilation of ongoing research in Central America
focused on 18th-20th centuries. University Press of Colorado, expected publication 2020.
Journal Articles & Book Chapters
Cain, Tiffany C. Accepted, with Revisions. “Positioning Heritage: Engendering the Maya Social War and the
Makings of an Engaged Heritage Practice.” AP3A.
Cain, Tiffany C. and Teresa P. Raczek. Accepted, with Revisions. “Introduction: Toward an Engaged Feminist
Heritage Praxis.” AP3A.
Cain, Tiffany C. and Kasey Diserens Morgan. Accepted, with Revisions. “Heritage Activism in Quintana Roo,
Mexico: Assembling New Futures through an Umbrella Heritage Practice.” In From the Trowel to the
Trenches: Archaeology as Social Activism, edited by Christopher P. Barton. University Press of Florida.
Expected publication 2020.
Cain, Tiffany C. Accepted, with Revisions. "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. Cain. Accepted, with Revisions. "Characterizing an Archaeology of the
Recent Past in the Maya Region." In Coloniality in the Maya Lowlands: Archaeological Perspectives.
Cain, Tiffany C. In preparation. “Heritage as Liberation.” Expected submission Fall 2019.
2020 "Heritage as Liberation?" Society for Historical Archaeology, Boston, Massachusetts, January 8-11th
2019 "Material Mediations on Prosthetic Memory." American Anthropological Association, Vancouver, British
Columbia, November 20-24th. (scheduled)
2019 “Heritage as Compounded Performance.” Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG USA), Syracuse, New
York, May 3-5th.
2018 “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 Leventhal, Richard M., Tiffany C. Cain, and Kasey Diserens. “Social Justice in the Maya Area: Reframing
the Past in the Present.” 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.
2017 “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.
2017 “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.
2016 Cain, Tiffany C. and Kasey Diserens. “Underneath the Umbrella: Reflections on Collaborative Heritage
Practice.” American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20, 2016.
2016 Leventhal, Richard M., Tiffany C. Cain, Kasey Diserens, Carlos Chan Espinosa, and Elias Chi Poot.
“Landscapes of Power and Identity.” 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.
2015 “On the Temporalities and Durability of Historical Violence.” American Anthropological Association,
Denver, CO, November 18-22nd.
2018-2019 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and
2012-2019 Louis J. Kolb Society Junior Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
2012-2017 F. S. Pepper/William Fontaine Society Fellowship for Graduate Education, University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
2018 SHA Harriet Tubman Travel Award, Society for Historical Archaeology, Gender and Minority Affairs
2017 Research & Travel Grant, Latin American & Latinx Studies Grant, University of Pennsylvania. Also, 2014
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 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.
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
2011 Vice Provost for Graduate Education Academic Achievement Award, Native American Cultural Center,
Student Member at-Large, Executive Board, Archaeological Division of the
Member, Student Affairs Committee, Society for American Archaeology
Graduate Fellow, Penn Cultural Heritage Center,
American Anthropological Association, 2013-2017.
Adobe InDesign, Photoshop
Spanish (Latin America): Fluent
Yucatec Maya: Beginner
Turkish: With aid of dictionary
Latin: With aid of dictionary
Full CV available by request.