Paul Eiss-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

Paul Eiss

Professor, History

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: Baker Hall 366
Phone: 412.268.6580


Paul K. Eiss is a graduate of the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, whose work is based upon ethnographic and archival research in Mexico. In recent and forthcoming publications, Eiss explores such topics as: the politics of labor, land tenure and ethnicity; popular religion; indigenous education; value; performance; and archives and historical memory.

His book manuscript (In the Name of El Pueblo: Place, Community, and the Politics of History in Yucatan. Duke University Press, in press.) is an anthropology and history of the emergence and transformation of “el pueblo” as a political, material and cultural entity, from the eighteenth century to the present. Eiss has explored this topic through extensive periods of archival research in Yucatán, Mexico City, and Spain, and ethnographic fieldwork in the Hunucmá region of northwestern Yucatan, among Maya- and Spanish-speaking inhabitants of pueblos and ex-haciendas. In the Name of El Pueblo relates long-term conflicts over communal possessions in that region to struggles over community, collectivity, and historical memory at local, regional, national, and transnational levels.

Recently, Paul Eiss was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation “New Directions” fellowship for a project on mestizaje and popular theatre in Yucatán. He has also been awarded a National Academy of Education-Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship for his work on indigenous education, as well as the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s “Cultural Horizons” prize, for his article, “Hunting for the Virgin,” and a Fulbright-I.I.E. grant for dissertation research in Mexico. Eiss serves as Associate/Book Review editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review.