Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)
M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005)
B.A., State University of New York, College at Cortland (2000)
2003-2004 University of Chicago, Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow
2002 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow
Brian Montes is an Assistant Professor in Latin American and Latinx Studies at John Jay College, City University of New York and founder and director of John Jay College’s faculty led study abroad program to the Mayz Zone (La Zona Maya) of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Professor Montes received his B.A. 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. Latina/o/x Studies and Latin American Indigenous Studies, with emphasis in the field of Maya Studies, Critical Latinx Indigeneity and Critical Indigenous Studies. Other areas of specialization include Latin American and Latina/o/x social movements, memory, Critical Race Theory, indigenous rights, and identity formation. Professor Montes’ publications include “The Battle for Recollection: Maya Historietas as Art for Remembering War” in Graphic Indigeneity: Comics in the Americas and Australasia (2020) and The Paradox of Miles Morales: Social Gatekeeping and the Browning of America’s Spider-Man” in Mind the Gap: Latino Comic Books Past, Present and Future (2016). His current manuscript examines the memory of Yucatán’s Caste War from the perspective of the native indigenous Maya within the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
- LLS 215 Socio-Political Developments in Contemporary Puerto Rico
- LLS 227 Indigenous Latin America
- LLS 261 Revolution and Social Change in Contemporary Latin America
- LLS 262 Blacks in Latin America
- LLS 322 Latinx Struggles for Civil Rights & Social Justice
American Anthropological Association
Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists
IUPLR-Inter-University Program for Latino Research
Montes, B. (2020) “The Battle for Recollection: Maya Historietas as Art for Remembering War” in Graphic Indigeneity: Comics in the Americas and Australasia, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama. University Press of Mississippi.
Montes, B. (2016) “The Paradox of Miles Morales: Social Gatekeeping and the Browning of America’s Spider-Man” in Mind the Gap: Latino Comic Books Past, Present and Future, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher González. Columbus, Ohio State University Press.
Montes, B. (20005). "No Longer Silent: A Historical Moment in Latino Student Activism." Latino Studies, 3 (2) 280-287.
Montes, B. (2020). Sin Fronteras. American Book Review 41 (2), 14. doi:10.1353/abr.2020.0018.
Montes, B. (2010). “When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers on and Off the Streets”. Timothy Black. Pantheon Books. New York, New York. 2010. Reviewed in Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 22 (1) Pgs. 311-313.
Montes, B. (2008). “In Search of Providence: Transnational Mayan Identities”. Patricia Foxen. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press. 2007. Reviewed in Ethos 36 (2) .
- 2013 CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, CUNY
- 2013 Faculty Recognition Award, Teaching, John Jay College
- 2012 Faculty Recognition Award, Teaching, John Jay College
- 2011 Faculty Recognition Award, Teaching, John Jay College
- 2008-2009 Ford Dissertation Fellowship