- Indigenous Social Movements, Identity Formation, Tourism Development, Gender, Ch'orti' Maya
My name is Fredy Rodriguez-Mejia. I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. I was born in the city of Copan, in Western Honduras –known for the Classic Maya archaeological site bearing its name. I came to the United States in 2001 to complete my Bachelors in Anthropology at the University of Delaware. I then received an MA degree in applied anthropology from Northern Arizona University and came to Michigan State University in 2007. My dissertation research focuses on the construction of ethnic and gendered identities among the Ch’orti’ Maya of Copán in the context of political activism, development initiatives, and the tourism industry. I examine how indigenous people’s encounters with other actors (for example, government officials, landowners, and tourists), encourage or precludes the performance of different identities (e.g. ethnic, gendered, racial). After completing my dissertation research and returning from Honduras in 2013. I have taught three anthropology courses: ANP 431 (Senior seminar on Gender, the Environment, and Development), ANP 370 (Culture, Health, and Illness), and ANP 200 (Navigating Another Culture). I am currently completing my dissertation.