Summer 2016 Research in Mexico: Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School


The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School specializes in community based projects and trains students on how to conduct meaningful ethnographic research in an ethical manner. Located on a small Mexican Caribbean island, much of the student research is focused on community needs per their request. Some of our current areas of interest: Culture & Environment, Latin America & Caribbean, Medical Anthropology, Gender & Identity, History, Space & Meaning and Economic Development. There is a wide variety of subjects to research. In the past, some students have conducted research on teenage pregnancy, HIV and Dengue Fever prevention, Catholic and Maya religion, Economic Development and tourism, Sea Turtle and Whale Shark conservation.

Professional Training with Impact

The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School (I.F.S.) is dedicated to the professionalization of ethnographic research and the training of students on how to conduct ethical, meaningful and professional research. Our mission is to train ethnographers that we are confident in and that we know can get the job done. Be it future graduate school research or projects for employers. Our trained ethnographers can tackle a research project from beginning to end with confidence, experience and know-how.

Students will participate in formal lectures experts in the field, informal presentations, government meetings and briefings, and ethnographic research that serves to assist the people of Isla Mujeres either through applied anthropological techniques or through creating a more full ethnographic record that illuminates the island’s past, present and possible future.
Collaborative Applied Research
Students will be immersed within the culture of the island and will conduct collaborative research with it’s residents. Students will learn the value of team work through helping each other on projects, talking through field research problems and supporting each other in their professional development.
Undergrad and Graduate Students
We train both undergraduate and graduate students. Our program gives students the cutting edge needed to get into good graduate school programs, develop graduate school dissertation research (which will help in securing research funding for dissertations) and will help them land the job they want.
Students of the Advanced Methods course  can receive 7 creditsStudents of the Methods Practicum course  can receive 3 CreditsStudents can e-mail us at
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