Sam Holley-Kline

Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Sam Holley-Kline’s research focuses on late-19th and early-20th century Mexico, with special attention to the indigenous Totonac communities of the Gulf Coast. His current book manuscript, tentatively titled “In the Shadow of El Tajín: Life and Labor on a Mexican Archaeological Site,” explores indigenous Totonac histories silenced during archaeological excavation and reconstruction. Dr. Holley-Kline’s broader research interests involve the politics of cultural heritage, materiality, histories of archaeology, geospatial methodologies, and extractivism. His published work can be consulted at the following link.


Dr. Holley-Kline received his PhD and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and holds a BA in Spanish and Anthropology from DePauw University. His research has been funded by Fulbright-Hays and Fulbright-IIE grants, and by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Dr. Holley-Kline was a Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center in 2017-2018.

Research Interests
Late 19th and early 20th century Mexico