Ours is a unique multi-disciplinary program that compares and combines the study of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States.


Joel Palka
Associate Professor of LALS and Anthropology
3148-B BSB
(312) 413-5985

Curriculum Vitae
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Professor Joel Palka's research interests include Maya archaeology, Maya art and hieroglyphic writing, historical archaeology, ethnohistory, and cross-cultural interaction and social change. He is the author of Unconquered Lacandon Maya: Ethnohistory and Archaeology of Indigenous Culture Change, Historical Dictionary of Ancient Mesoamerica, and several articles, book chapters, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries. Palka currently co-directs the Lake Mensabak Archaeological Project in Chiapas, Mexico, with Professor R. Jon McGee (Texas State University) and Fabiola Sánchez Balderas (President, Proyecto Xanvil). This multi-disciplinary project, which is partially funded by the National Geographic Society, examines Maya culture change in the frontier of the Spanish empire and traces the origins of the Lacandon Maya.

Latin American and Latino Studies Program (MC 219)
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