Tiffany Cain

Anthropology News Co-Contributing Editor

rsz_tiffany_cain_0Tiffany Cain is a doctoral student with a M.A. in Anthropology – Stanford University and a B.A. with Honors, Archaeology – Stanford University. As an anthropologist, she uses historical archaeology and ethnography to better understand the ways in which the legacies of the past, particularly violent conflict, form present day political consciousness and imaginations of the future. Her current research based in Quintana Roo, Mexico where she seeks to push the limits of the pragmatic application of archaeological projects while thinking critically about the sociopolitics of heritage and its interplay with community development through community-organized participatory research.  This work is anchored by archaeological and archival investigations into the history of the Caste War of Yucatan or the Maya Social War (1847-1901), arguably the most successful indigenous rebellion in the Americas. Her other research interest includes Cultural heritage ethics; intangible heritage; collective memory and social histories; indigenous and diasporic archaeologies; archaeology of colonialism; archaeologies of rebellion; landscape archaeology; race and gender; politics of recognition; reconciliation; historical anthropology; materiality; semiotics. Western Australia; Americas, currently Maya Yucatan.

About k. nyerere ture 7 Articles

K. Nyerere Ture` is a practicing cultural anthropologist/criminologist and an educator, who teaches Anthropology, Criminology/Criminal Justice and Sociology at Morgan State University, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Ture` earned a BA in African/African American Studies and Criminal Justice at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a MA in Applied Anthropology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC.

Building on his undergraduate and master level graduate research focus that explored the relationship between community crime and urban development, Ture’s current dissertation research examines the lived experiences of African American public housing residents in the throws of an urban renewal that examples the continued perpetuation of structural violence against marginal communities of color. The particular site of Ture’s doctoral research (research completed in spring 2013) is one of the most historical African American neighborhoods within Washington, DC and the largest and currently the most ill-reputed public housing community in the nation’s capitol. This public housing community is called Barry Farm Public Dwellings by city officials and outsiders, but referred locally as the “Farms.” The Farms is located east of the Anacostia River (EoR) – a river that forms an expansive separation between the majority African American community from the District of Columbia’s main land. The Farms’ represents an intentional place built by the federal government as an antithetical place – an African American Urban Ghetto (AAUG) and its current redevelopment represents a re-articulation of both place and identity whereby the privilege enjoys an underemphasis on race and an emphasis on disposable income vis-a-vis the increased emphasis and salience of race for the poor and their further assault by structural violence. The Farms’ community serve as a metaphor for the continued devalued treatment of people of color in the United States of America (USA).