Job Title: 
Associate Professor; Undergraduate Program Director for Sociology & Anthropology
3134 Eastman Hall
(585) 475-4686

Christine Kray earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Anthropology from New Mexico State University. A political anthropologist, her research has focused on the Yucatec Maya of Belize and Mexico, and she uses ethnographic, oral historical, and archival methods to critically examine colonialism, war, religion, and evangelization. She is currently working with archaeological colleagues on a book provisionally titled: The Caste War and the San Pedro Maya in British Honduras. Other ongoing projects examine U.S. presidential politics through the heuristics of ritual, symbol, performance, and myth-making. She teaches courses on: Immigration to the U.S., Culture and Politics in Latin America, The Ethnographic Imagination, Ritual and Performance, The Global Economy and the Grassroots, and Cuisine, Culture, and Power.

Selected Publications:

2019. Re-Centering the Narrative: British Colonial Memory and the San Pedro Maya. In Archaeologies of the British in Latin America. Charles E. Orser, Jr. ed. Pp. 73-97. Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology series. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International. (Church, Minette C., Jason Yaeger, and Christine A. Kray)

2018. “Public Memory and Reproductive Justice in the Trump Era,” Nursing Clio, November 6. Excerpt from: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election (Carroll, Tamar W., Christine A. Kray, and Hinda Mandell)

2018. "Republican Women Are Just Fine, Thank You, with Being Republican." The Conversation, October 25. (Kray, Christine A., Hinda Mandell, and Tamar W. Carroll)

2018. "Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: An Interview with Its Editors." Proofed: A Boydell & Brewer blog. October 10. (Kray, Christine A., Tamar W. Carroll, and Hinda Mandell)

2018. Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Gender and Race in American History series. Rochester: University of Rochester Press. (Kray, Christine A., Tamar W. Carroll, and Hinda Mandell, eds.)

2017. Designs on/of the Land: Competing Visions, Displacement, and Landscape Memory in Colonial British Honduras. In Legacies of Space and Intangible Heritage: Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and the Politics of Cultural Continuity in the Americas. Fernando Armstrong-Fumero and Julio Hoil Gutiérrez, eds. Pp. 53-77. Boulder: University Press of Colorado. (Kray, Christine A., Minette Church, and Jason Yaeger)

2013. Review of Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis, by John D. Early. In: Journal of Anthropological Research 69:584-585.

2012. A God for the Poor: Folk Catholicism and Social Justice among the Yucatec Maya. In The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice. Michael D. Palmer and Stanley M. Burgess, eds. Pp. 373-385. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

2009. Maya Vase Database: Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies. In World History Matters: A Student Guide to World History Online. Revised and condensed ed. Kristin Lehner, Kelly Schrum, and T. Mills Kelly, eds. Pp. 42. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin's.

2009. Pre-Columbian Portfolio: An Archive of Photographs. In World History Matters: A Student Guide to World History Online. Revised and condensed ed. Kristin Lehner, Kelly Schrum, and T. Mills Kelly, eds. Pp. 43. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

2007. Women as Border in the Shadow of Cancún. Anthropology Today 23(4): 17–21.

2007. A Practice Approach to Ritual: Catholic Enactment of Community in Yucatán. Anthropos 102(2): 531-545.

2006. Resistance to What? How?: Stalled Social Movements in Cancun. City and Society 18(1): 66-89.

2006. Review of Competitive Spirits: Latin America's New Religious Economy, by R. Andrew Chesnut. Ethnohistory 53(3): 630-632.

2005. The Sense of Tranquility: Bodily Practice and Ethnic Classes in Yucatán. Ethnology 44(4): 337-355.

2005. Commentary on 'A Standoffish Priest and Sticky Catholics: Questioning the Religious Marketplace in Tzintzuntzan, Mexico', by Peter S. Cahn." Journal of Latin American Anthropology 10(1): 38-41.

2004. The Summer Institute of Linguistics and the Politics of Bible Translation in Mexico: Convergence, Appropriation, and Consequence. In Pluralizing Ethnography: Comparison and Representation in Maya Cultures, Histories, and Identities. John M. Watanabe and Edward F. Fischer, eds. Pp. 95-125. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.

2002. Review of The Book of Chilam Balam of Na, edited by Ruth Gubler and David Bolles. Ethnohistory 49(2): 422-424.

2001. The Pentecostal Re-Formation of Self: Opting for Orthodoxy in Yucatán. Ethos 29(4): 395-429.

2000. Review of Infelicities: Representations of the Exotic, by Peter Mason. Ethnohistory 47(2): 510-512.

1999. Review of Tracing the Veins: Of Copper, Culture, and Community from Butte to Chuquicamata, by Janet L. Finn. American Ethnologist 26(4): 1025-1026.

1999. Review of Mexican Rural Development and the Plumed Serpent: Technology and Maya Cosmology in the Tropical Forest of Campeche, Mexico, by Betty Bernice Faust. In Ethnohistory 46(2): 391-393.