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Marc Zender


  • B.A., University of British Columbia, Anthropology, 1997
  • M.A., University of Calgary, Archaeology, 1999
  • Ph.D., University of Calgary, Archaeology, 2004

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, 2019-
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2011-2019
  • Lecturer, Harvard University, 2005-2011
  • Instructor, University of Calgary, 2002-2003
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Calgary, 1999-2003


  • Peabody Museum Research Grant, Peabody Museum, Harvard University, 2010-2011
  • Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Ralph Steinhauer Award of Distinction, Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund, 2002


  • Spanish
  • German
  • Ch’olan
  • Yukatekan
  • Tzeltalan
  • Nahuatl

Overseas Experience

  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Poland
  • Denmark
  • Finland

Related Experience

Associate Editor, The PARI Journal, 2009-2011 Archaeological Field Director, Harvard Field School, 2006-2008 Reviewer, Ancient Mesoamerica, Ethnohistory, Latin American Antiquity, Maya Archaeology, 2005-2011 Project Epigrapher, Proyecto Arqueológico de Comalcalco, Tabasco, Méxic, 2003-2010

Selected Publications

  • 2017. “Theory and Method in Maya Decipherment.” PARI Journal 18(2):1-48.
  • 2013. “Reading in Context: The Interpretations of Personal Reference in Ancient Maya Hieroglyphic Texts.‘€ With D. Law, S. Houston, N. Carter, and D. Stuart. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 23(2): E23-E47.
  • 2011. Reading Maya Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and Scultpure (w/ Andrea Stone). Thames & Hudson, London.
  • 2008. One Hundred and Fifty Years of Nahuatl Decipherment. PARI Journal 8(4): 24-37. www.mesoweb.com/pari/journal/archive/PARI0804.pdf
  • 2006. Space and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology (w/ E. Robertson, J. Seibert and D. Fernandez). Second edition. University of New Mexico Press.

Recently-Taught Latin America-Related Courses: 

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years:


Stone Center Departments

The Stone Center

People Classification


Tulane Affiliation

Core Faculty