Brian Montes is an Assistant Professor in Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College, City University of New York. He received his BA in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Cortland and holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. His research, teaching, and writing are grounded in U.S. Latino/a studies, Latin American Studies and Maya studies, with particular interest placed on the lived experience of race & ethnicity within Latin American and Latina/o ethnic groups. Other areas of specialization include Latin American and Latina/o social movements, memory, critical race theory, indigenous rights, Latina/os in the United States, and Maya (Yucatán) identity. His current project examines the memory, through discourse and performance, of Yucatán’s Caste War from the perspective of the native indigenous Maya within the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto in Quintana Roo, Mexico.