M. Bianet Castellanos is an anthropologist and Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota.
She is the author of “A Return to Servitude: Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in Cancún” (2010)
and numerous journal articles devoted to indigeneity, gender, and settler colonialism in the
Americas. She co-edited Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas: Toward a Hemispheric Approach
Her talk draws from a forthcoming book, which analyzes contemporary Maya relations with the Mexican state through the lens of home-ownership and debt. In other research, she examines indigenous lives
across national boundaries, between Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula and Los