The Guatemala Scholars Network is an organization of over 300 academics and professionals whose major research field is Guatemala. This homepage is presented as part of the GSN mission to foster communication among scholars; to share information and stay informed about Guatemala; to provide a forum for Guatemalan voices to be heard in North America; and to support the renaissance of Mayan intellectual and academic activity taking place in Guatemala. GSN was formed in 1982 as an outgrowth of the 1981 National Teach-In on Guatemala, an event organized in response to the intensified violence in Guatemala, violence which threatened our work and the lives of our Guatemalan informants and friends.

The goals of the Guatemala Scholars Network are:

  • to maintain communication among scholars and others;
  • to share information about publications and other resources of interest;
  • to stay informed about Guatemala so that we may better pursue our research and professional activities in that country;
  • to provide a forum for Guatemalan voices to be heard in North American discussions of Guatemala; and
  • to support the renaissance of Mayan intellectual and academic activity currently taking place in Guatemala.

Network activities include:

  • distribution of a weekly newsletter managed by Tom Offit
  • sponsorship of panels for LASA congresses and for the meetings of the American Anthropological Association
  • financial support for the participation of Guatemalans on these panels, and
  • financial and intellectual support for educational endeavors and scholarly work by Mayan students of academic promise.

The Network is loosely associated with the Latin American Studies Association and holds its business meetings in conjunction with LASA’s Congresses. The officers of the Guatemala Scholars Network include a National Coordinator, a Treasurer, and a five person Steering Committee. Decisions about Network policies and projects are made by this group and by Network members during business meetings at the LASA meetings. Further information about the Network may be obtained from the national coordinator, Virginia Garrard-Burnett. To be added to the listserve, please contact Avery Dickins de Girón.

GSN National Coordinator: Virginia Garrard-Burnett; Professor of History, Latin American Studies, and Religious Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

GSN Treasurer (and maintainer of the listserve): Avery Dickins de Girón; Executive Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University.

Steering Committee: Tom Offit; Professor of Anthropology, Baylor University. Abigail Adams; Professor of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University. Jennifer BurrellAssociate Professor of Anthropology, University of Albany SUNY. Todd Little-Siebold; Professor of History and Latin American Studies, College of the Atlantic. Debra Rodman; Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies, Randolph-Macon College.


This page is edited and maintained by Avery Dickins de Girón and Edward F. Fischer with the generous support of Vanderbilt University. While providing computer space and production facilities for the Guatemala Scholars Network homepage, Vanderbilt University is not responsible for the content of these pages, nor does the University necessarily endorse the positions of the Guatemala Scholars Network expressed herein.


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