Roberto Rosado-Ramirez is an anthropologist specializing in the archaeology of the Indigenous cultures of Mexico and Central America. His research and teaching interests include Indigenous persistence and sustainability, decolonization, community and public archaeology, materiality and the politics of cultural heritage in the Americas. To study these topics, he applies methods and techniques from archaeology, historical anthropology and ethnography. Rosado-Ramirez’s dissertation research was an archaeological and historical study of a rural community living in the ruined Maya city of Ake, Yucatan, Mexico, in the context of political turmoil and environmental degradation in the 10th to 16th centuries CE. He is working on a new community-based project to examine how Indigenous communities continued to live in ancient Maya cities in northern Yucatan in the context of colonialism and capitalism. One of the main goals of his work is to create an infrastructure for Indigenous people to revitalize and reassess Indigenous knowledge in the Americas. He maintains long-term collaborations with colleagues and Indigenous communities in his home state of Yucatan, Mexico.
Rosado-Ramirez holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Northwestern University (2021), a master’s degree in anthropology from Louisiana State University (2011) and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Yucatan (2006). As an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at UVA, Rosado-Ramirez will teach courses on archaeology, Indigeneity and Latin American studies.