Catie Hernandez (she/her) is seeking a career in decolonial archaeology, a field that attempts to rectify systemic injustices in archaeology by emphasizing the knowledge of descendent communities and implementing critical race theory and post-colonial political theory to research. This past summer, she worked in Ecuador and Barbados at field schools that both implemented decolonial, anti-racist, and community-based archaeological practices.
In her current archival research, Catie is studying expedition notes from Harvard’s Peabody Museum excavations conducted in Honduras in the late 19th century. Through this research, she hopes to understand how white supremacist ideology and nationalism
were utilized in the co-opting of indigenous cultural heritage and patrimony.
One of her favorite pieces of art is Esculturas Rupestres (Rupestrian Sculptures) by Ana Mendieta.