Brian M. Stross
Professor — Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
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- Phone: (5123) 471-0059
- Office: SAC 4.124
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My research and teaching interests are in the peoples of Mesoamerica and adjacent territories, especially in their communication systems, including their languages, scripts, foodways, and ethnobotany. Most of my field research has been in various parts of Mexico, from Chihuahua, Jalisco and San Luis Potosi in the north to Oaxaca in the south to Chiapas and Yucatan in the southeast. I also have greatly enjoyed teaching my undergraduate Anthropology of Food course. I am currently supervising a PhD. student working on the irredentist movement associated with the Plan of San Diego, in San Diego Texas, who is also particularly interested in aspects of the foodways that are related to the people of San Diego around the early portion of the 20th century, and learning of interesting similarities and differences between people of San Diego and people from different regions in Mexico.
2013 Brian Stross (with John Staller) Lightning in Andean South America and Mesoamerica: Pre-Colombian, Colonial, and Contemporary Perspectives. Oxford University Press.
Chapters and Articles:
n.d. Brian Stross “Teaching Food, Culture, and Discourse” In Teaching Food in Anthropology, Richard Wilk and Candice Lowe Swift (eds.) (under review)
n.d. Brian Stross “Akhenaten’s Legacy” Toutankhamon Magazine. (In Press)
2013 *Brian Stross “Falsetto Voice and Observational Logic: Motivated Meanings” Language in Society 42(2):139-162
2013 *Brian Stross (with Thomas Zumbroich) “Cutting Old Life into New': Teeth Blackening in Western Amazonia” Anthropos 108 (1): 53-75
2012 *Brian Stross (with Andrew McDonald) “Water Lily and Cosmic Serpent: Equivalent Conduits of the Maya Realm.” Journal of Ethnobiology 32:73-106.
n.d. Brian Stross (Review) Shamans, Witches, and maya Preists: Native Religion and Ritual in Highland Guatemala. Krystina Deuss. Ethnohistory (In Press).
Current Graduate Students
Eunice Garza – Eunice is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on the social context and communicative elements of the Plan de San Diego of South Texas and its implications for archaeology and Mexican-American Studies.
Amber O'Connor – Amber is currently writing her doctoral dissertation tentatively titled: Consuming the Maya: An Ethography of Eating and Being in the Land of the Caste Wars. It is about food and communication in the context of a small Yucatec speaking town in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Information for Prospective Students
All of the linguistic anthropology faculty here at UT mentor graduate students, and there are good mentoring and interaction prospects in related disciplines in which there are anthropologists and linguists, as we all get along well, including Linguistics, Latin American Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, Mexican-American Studies, Art History, History, Sociology, American Studies, and Geography.
A strong applicant to our graduate program is likely to have most or all of the following:
- High GRE scores
- A high undergraduate GPA
- Strong letters of recommendation based on personal knowledge of the applicant
- Research interests that are complementary to those of their chosen advisor
- A personal statement that describes a clear research agenda and professional goals
- Some prior research experience
Students accepted for graduate study in Anthropology at UT are typically offered a minimum of five years of funding in the form of TAships.
Once students have completed their MA, been accepted into the doctoral program and hen advanced to Ph.D. candidacy, they are encouraged to complete their Ph.D. theses within 2-4 years.
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