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Fernando Armstrong-Fumero is a socio-cultural anthropologist who specializes on research in political anthropology, oral history and multiculturalism in Mexico and Latin America. He also has a long-term research project on the intellectual history of anthropology in the Americas. He earned his Ph.D. in 2007 at Stanford University. His doctoral research focused on how a tension between community-based solidarities and family-based factionalism are a common thread that links local experiences of the very different political regimes of agrarianism and multiculturalism in Mexico.
Currently, Armstrong-Fumero is developing two long-term research projects. One is based on collaborative, community-based research on the role of oral narrative and traditional knowledge of the lived landscape in promoting the participation of local communities in cultural heritage practice. Another concerns on the intellectual history of anthropology in the Americas, and the complicated relationship between academic theories of cultural and biological history and the emphasis on common sense and self-evident facts that has broad currency in American culture.
At Smith, Armstrong-Fumero teaches courses in political anthropology and Mesoamerican studies, as well as the general course on the History of Anthropological Theory.
2009 A Heritage of Ambiguity: The Historical Substrate of Vernacular Multiculturalism in Ycatan, Mexico. American Ethnologist 36(2): 299-316.
2009a Old Jokes and New Multiculturalisms: Continuity and change in Vernacular Discourse on the Ucatec Maya Language. American Anthropologist 111(3): 360-372.
2011 "Words and Things in Yucatán: The Ontology of Heritage and Mayan Multiculturalism" Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 17: 63-81.
2011 Documentos burocráticos como cultural material y sus interacciones con la narrative oral y memoria colectiva in Identidades y cultural material en Mesoamérica. Edited by Marcos Pool Cab and Hector Hernandez. Mérida: UADY.
2011 (Co-authored with Julio Hoil Gutierrez) Collaborative Research and Community Patrimony Xcalakdzonot, Yucatan In World Archaeological Congress Research Handbook on Postcolonialism and Archaeology. Edited by Uzma Rizvi and Jane Lydon. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
IN PRESS Tensions entre el Patrimonio Tangible e Intangible en Yucatán, Mexico: La Imposibilidad de Re-crear una Cultura sin Alterar sus Características. Guest-edited volume of Chungara: Revista de Antropología Chilena. Accepted 6/30/2011.
(As Editor and Translator) Gamio, Manuel. 2010  Forjando Patria: Pro-Nacionalismo. Translated, edited and with introduction by Fernando Armstrong-Fumero. Boulder: University of Colorado Press.