I spent the first half of my career studying language and now as a writer I live inside it. What I will always love about language is its doings. Words—whether written, whispered, shouted, spoken, painted, sculpted, sewn, woven, broadcast, animated, desecrated, still or dead, whether honored, anointed, praised, treasured, silver plated or gold dusted—are why I sometimes say I specialize in actions, because words—like my children—are in motion all the time”
2011 Madre: Perilous Journeys of a Spanish Noun
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
2001 Mesolore: Exploring Mesoamerican Cultures
Scholarly Resources, Inc., Rowman & Littlefield, Prolarti Enterprises, Inc.
1988 Object Image Inquiry: The Art Historian at Work, Malibu, California:
The J. Paul Getty Trust
Co-authored with W. O. Beeman and M. Schmitt.
2011 Painting History, Reading Painted Histories: Ethnoliteracy in Prehispanic Oaxaca and Colonial Central Mexico.
Co-authored with Byron Hammann. In A Companion to Mexican History and Culture, ed. by William H. Beezley. Malden, MA: Blackwells, John Wiley.
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2007 The Cacique, Poetry, Anthropology and Humanism, Society for Humanistic Anthropology, Vol. 32 (2).
2006 “My madre, pure as cumulous clouds.” In Words Without Borders: The online magazine for International Literature, February. LINK
2005 Mesolore: Teaching to Think Critically
Co-authored with Byron Hamann. In Archaeologies, 1(2):71-82. PDF
2005 Achieving Interdisciplinary Impact: Clearing the Hurdles to Mesolore’s Cross-Campus Adoption
In Invention and Impact: Building Excellence in Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education in collaboration with the Education and Human Resources Programs of American Association for the Advancement of Science, June 30, 2005, p. 217-221. PDF
1998 Image Acts
In American Anthropologist. Vol. 100 (1): 12-22, March. PDF
1997 Gender and Mexican Spanish
In Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture, Michael Werner, Ed., Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 580-583. PDF
1997 Frida Kahlo
In Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture, Michael Werner, Ed., Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 723-725. PDF
1995 Bellas Artes and Artes Populares: The Implications of Difference
“In Looking High and Low”; Art and Cultural Identity. Bright and Bakewell, Tucson: University of Arizona Press. PDF
1994 Review of Creativity/Anthropology
Smadar Lavie, Kirin Narayan, Renato Rosaldo, eds. In American Anthropologist 96(3): 763-764. PDF
1992 Frida Kahlo’s Legacy: Emergence of the Body Politic/ El Legado de Frida Kahlo
In Pasión por Frida. Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. PDF
1989 Museums on Display: Balancing Appropriateness, Authenticity, Anthropology and Art
In Museum Anthropology, Volume 13(4):14-16.