My current research interests include the anthropology of time and space, examining the different ways tourists and Maya tourist industry workers conceptualize time and how those frameworks affect their construction of personal and social memory. I make a broader argument that illustrates the continuities of Eurocentric conceptions of time that manifest themselves in the lives of workers living in the municipality of Tinúm in which Chichén Itzá is situated as a symbol of world heritage and Mexican nationalism. Tied to this is an exploration of other ways of knowing and theorizing time (indigenous epistemologies /otros saberes).
More broadly, my research is focused on the relationships between different stakeholders in the tourist spaces of world heritage designated by the U.N. Specifically, I investigate how Mexican nationalism is contested or reinforced by constructions of race and ethnicity, how varying versions of indigenous identity are constructed in relation to states and coloniality, and how Maya workers in the municipality of Tinúm navigate and exert autonomy within the political economy of the tourist industry.