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Mercedes Martinez Milantchi

Graduate Student Representative 2024-2025
Caribbean studies, museology, colonial archaeology, post-colonial studies, Indigenous ontologies, identity

I am a Puerto Rican archaeologist and curator who is interested in the intersection of coloniality, material culture, Indigeneity, mestizaje, and the politics behind museums in the Caribbean. I am passionate about how “things” tell stories about the past and how these narratives shape people’s identity.

Prior to joining Stanford, I worked as a curator at the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum. I completed a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in Archaeological Studies and an Erasmus Mundus masters in ARCHaeological MATerials Sciences (University of Evora, Sapienza University and Aristotle University).