Jorge Ramón González Ponciano holds degrees in Anthropology from Stanford University (MA) and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD), and is a tenured professor at the Center for Multidisciplinary Research of Chiapas and the South Border (CIMSUR), of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His current research focuses on human rights, genocide, racism, humor, borderlands, and the history of tourism and the construction of the exotic in the Mayan region. He is also working on a book about socio-racial formation in Guatemala. His recent publications include "The Shumo Challenge: White Class Priviledge and the Post-Race, Post-Genocide Alliances of Cosmopolitan from Below," in Aftermath: War by Other Means in Post-Genocide Guatemala? (Duke University Press 2013); and "The Mexico-Guatemala, Guatemala-Mexico Border: 1983-2013," in co-authorship with A. Fábregas, Frontera Norte 26(7-35) (Colegio de la Frontera Norte 2014). Professor Gonzalez Ponciano has been a CLAS Visiting Scholar from 2013 to 2015 and was a CLAS Tinker Visiting Professor spring quarter 2015, during which he taught ANTHRO 122A/SSSA: Race and Culture in Mexico and Central America.