Center for Mesoamerican Research

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The Center for Mesoamerican Research (CIRMA) is located in Antigua Guatemala, the first Spanish capital of the region, about an hour from Guatemala City. Founded in 1978, CIRMA today is one of the region's premier social science research centers. It works to promote a new culture of research and public dialogue on the challenges facing Central America today, to preserve and protect the region’s historical memory, and to foster a new generation of social, cultural, and academic leaders. CIRMA's work at the national, regional and international levels has been widely recognized...

"CIRMA also seeks to strengthen Central America's intellectual and social community through its support for the formation of new generations of intellectual and social leaders that reflect the region's cultural and social diversity. Today, CIRMA coordinates the Ford Foundation/CIRMA International Fellowship Program for Guatemala, and the Kellogg Foundation's Leadership and Social Development Seminar for Central America and the Caribbean, along with other initiatives in support of higher education. Study Abroad at CIRMA is designed to provide university students from outside Central America with access to the diverse and innovative perspectives on social issues which are being generated and debated in Central America today." [1]

Study Abroad Advisory Committee

"Study Abroad in Guatemala draws on the advice of academics in the US and around the world who have contributed to the study of Guatemala and have supported CIRMA in establishing and promoting the program. The members are: [2]

  • Abigail Adams, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University
  • Arturo Arias, Professor of Latin American Literature, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Byron Barahona, PhD Romance Languages and Literature, University of California at Berkeley
  • Maria Rosa Bell, Professor of Spanish, Southern Illinois University
  • Susan Berger, Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies; National Coordinator of the Guatemalan Scholars Network, Fordham University
  • Ana Yolanda Contreras, Assistant Professor, Department of World Languages, University of North Florida
  • Beatriz Cortez, Assistant Professor of Central American Studies, California State University, Northridge
  • Rafael Cuevas Molina, Catedrático Investigador, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica
  • Claudia Ferman, Chair, Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies, University of Richmond
  • Martha Few, Associate Professor of History, University of Arizona
  • Greg Grandin, Associate Professor of History, New York University
  • Linda Green, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Arizona
  • Charles Hale, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
  • Deborah Levenson-Estrada, Associate Professor of History, Boston College
  • Walter Little, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Todd Little-Siebold, Professor of History and Latin American Studies, College of the Atlantic
  • Brinton Lykes, Associate Dean and Professor of Community/Cultural Psychology, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
  • Beatriz Manz, Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley
  • Brent Metz, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas
  • Liz Oglesby, Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies and Geography, University of Arizona
  • Rachel Sieder, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • Timothy Smith, Associate Director, Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean, University of South Florida
  • Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, Assistant Professor, Law, Societies, and Justice/Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
  • Charles Tatum, Dean of Humanities, University of Arizona
  • Aida Toledo, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Classics, University of Alabama
  • Daniela Triadan, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Arizona
  • Kay Warren, Tillinghast Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology, Brown University
  • Chris Welna, President, Associated Colleges of the Midwest
  • Deborah Yashar, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Program in Latin American Studies, Princeton University
  • Marc Zimmerman, Chair, Department of Modern & Classical Languages, University of Houston



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  1. About CIRMA, Center for Mesoamerican Research, accessed September 27, 2007.
  2. Advisory Committee, Center for Mesoamerican Research, accessed September 27, 2007.