sarah taylor

Sarah Taylor

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Associate Professor and Chair




Ph.D.2012 Anthropology
University at Albany, SUNY
M.A.2008Applied Anthropology
California State University, Long Beach
B.A.2006Anthropology and Latin American Studies
California State University, Chico


Research Interests:

Yucatán, Maya ethnology, political ecology and land use, critical development studies, agrarian reform and socioeconomic adaptation, community-based conservation strategies and natural resource management, tourism, gender and household production, ethnographic film, applied anthropology, and participatory research design.


Representative Publications:


2018      Taylor, Sarah R. On Being Maya and Getting By: Heritage Politics and Community Development in Yucatán. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado.        

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2020      Taylor, Sarah R. “Ethnographers and Collaborators in the Voluntourism Encounter” In Special Issue: Participatory Research and Ethics in Mesoamerican Fieldwork. Walter E. Little and Martha Rees, eds. Annals of Anthropological Practice. 44(2): 180-185.

2019      Lawrence, Ted J., Richard C. Stedman, Stephen J. Morreale, and Sarah R. Taylor. Rethinking landscape conservation: linking globalized agriculture to changes to indigenous community-managed landscapes. Tropical Conservation Science. 12: 1-19.

2017    Taylor, Sarah R. Issues in measuring success in Community Based Indigenous Tourism: elites, kin groups, social capital, gender dynamics and income flows. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2016.1217871

2014    Taylor, Sarah R. Maya Cosmopolitans: Engaging Tactics and Strategies in the Performance of Tourism. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 21(2):219-232.

2008    Loewe, Ron and Sarah Taylor. Neoliberal Modernization at the Mexican Periphery: Gender, Generation and the Construction of a New, Flexible Work Force. Urban Anthropology Studies. 37(3-4):357-392.  

Visual Anthropology Projects

2016    Dirty Paws—20 minutes; Director, ethnographer, and co-writer. Produced in association with the Sedgewick County Continuum of Care Homelessness Coalition and funded by the Kansas Humanities Council.

2013    Mayapán: Urban Life at the Last Maya Capital — 33 minutes; Director and writer. Produced in association with the University at Albany, SUNY, the Institute for Mesoamerica Studies, and the Economic Foundations of Mayapán Project (PEMY)           

2008    Gracias a los Gringos —20 minutes; Director, ethnographer, and writer    


2012    Service Learning. Anthropology News. Washington D.C.: AAA. May, 2012.

2011    Arrivals, perceived and otherwise. Anthropologies, Issue 2: Anthropologies of



ANT 100: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANT 334: Mesoamerica, Past and Present

ANT 390: Applied Anthropology

ANT 455/555: People. Culture, and Environment

ANT 490: Anthropology Proseminar