Fernando Armstrong-Fumero

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Smith College

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2020
On sabbatical.

10 Prospect Street #201



Ph.D., Stanford University

M.A., B.A., University of Pennsylvania


Fernando Armstrong-Fumero is a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in research in political anthropology, oral history and multiculturalism in Mexico and Latin America. He has a long-term research project on the intellectual history of anthropology in the Americas.

His doctoral research focused on how tension between community-based solidarities and family-based factionalism are a common thread that links local experiences of the different political regimes of agrarianism and multiculturalism in Mexico.

Armstrong-Fumero is developing two long-term 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; the other involves 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 have broad currency in American culture.

Armstrong-Fumero is on the editorial board of the Journal of American Studies (2015–18).

Selected Publications

Elusive Unity: Factionalism and the Limits of Identity Politics in Yucatan, Mexico. University Press of Colorado, 2013.

Editor and translator, and wrote the introduction to Forjando Patria: Pro-Nacionalismo, written by Manuel Gamio. University Press of Colorado, 2010.

"A Tale of Two Mayan Babels: Vernacular Histories of the Maya and the Limits of Inclusion," Ethnohistory.

"I Have Not Advanced a Single Theory: Mayan Ruins, Popular Culture and Academic Authority in Nineteenth-Century America," Histories of Anthropology Annual.