Marijke Stoll

About Marijke Stoll

Saludos! I am a PhD Graduand in Archaeology at the University of Arizona. For the past 10 years my research has centered on ballcourts and the Mesoamerican ballgame, particularly those ballgame traditions that existed in prehispanic Oaxaca. In particular I focus on the role of the ballgame in the negotiation of sociopolitical relationships, particularly in multiethnic and multilingual frontier zones. For my dissertation, I conducted field research in the region of Nejapa, Oaxaca, Mexico. There I mapped 10 recently documented ballcourts with a total station. The mapping data was analyzed along with previously collected survey and excavation data to evaluate the hypothesis that the ballgame was a key tool for local communities in Nejapa to navegate changing sociopolitical landscapes in the Classic (AD 250-1000) and Postclassic (AD 1000-1521) periods. To contextualize the archaeological data and better understand the patterns we observe in the material record, I conducted ethnographic fieldwork with players of the modern ballgame Pelota Mixteca (Mixtec ball) throughout the state. I successfully defended my dissertation on January 9, 2018.

Currently, I am finalizing revisions to my dissertation and will have the degree in hand soon!

 

Courses Taught

January 2017 – May 2017 ANTH160A1 “Patterns in Prehistory”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attended lectures, developed and co-led in-class activities; graded exams and writing assignments; prepared and presented an original class lecture; held office hours

August 2016 – May 2017 AFAS371 “Hip-Hop Cinema”, Grader, University of Arizona: grader and contact for online course for 7-9 groups of 10-12 students each; graded essays and corrected quiz scores; maintained grade records; held office hours

August 2016 – December 2016 ANTH310 “Culture and the Individual”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: assist lecturer with teaching duties; lead exam reviews; grade exams and maintain grade records; office hours

June 6 – July 7, 2016 ANTH347A/AIS347 “Native Peoples of the Southwest”, Instructor of Record; University of Arizona: designed 5-week online course on D2L (Down to Learn) system; created syllabus and adapted teaching materials from semester-long version of course; graded exams and essays; maintained grade records; created video lectures for course

January 2016 – May 2016 ANTH347A/AIS347 “Native Cultures of the Southwestern United States and Northwest Mexico”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: assisted lecturer with teaching duties; created and gave two lectures on “Precolombian History in Southwest” and “Indigeneity and Indigenous Resistance Movements”; graded exams and essays; held office hours

August 2015 – December 2015 ANTH160A1 “Patterns in Prehistory”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attend lectures, lead Friday discussion for section 001C; grade exams and section assignments

August 2014 – December 2014, ANTH160D2 “Origins of Human Diversity”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attended lectures, lead Friday discussions for sections 001B and 001C; assisted with exams; graded papers; maintained record of grades; and assisted professor with teaching duties

August 2010 – December 2010, ANTH 340A “Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attended lectures, graded exams and papers, maintained record of grades, and assisted professor with teaching duties

August 2010 – December 2010, ANTH 235 “Principles of Archaeology”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attended lectures, graded exams and papers, maintained record of grades, and assisted professor with teaching duties

August 2009 – May 2010, TRAD 101 “Patterns in Prehistory”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attended lectures on Mondays and Wednesdays; taught section on Fridays; graded exams and papers

January 2017 – May 2017 ANTH160A1 “Patterns in Prehistory”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attended lectures, developed and co-led in-class activities; graded exams and writing assignments; prepared and presented an original class lecture; held office hours

August 2016 – May 2017 AFAS371 “Hip-Hop Cinema”, Grader, University of Arizona: grader and contact for online course for 7-9 groups of 10-12 students each; graded essays and corrected quiz scores; maintained grade records; held office hours

August 2016 – December 2016 ANTH310 “Culture and the Individual”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: assist lecturer with teaching duties; lead exam reviews; grade exams and maintain grade records; office hours

June 6 – July 7, 2016 ANTH347A/AIS347 “Native Peoples of the Southwest”, Instructor of Record; University of Arizona: designed 5-week online course on D2L (Down to Learn) system; created syllabus and adapted teaching materials from semester-long version of course; graded exams and essays; maintained grade records; created video lectures for course

January 2016 – May 2016 ANTH347A/AIS347 “Native Cultures of the Southwestern United States and Northwest Mexico”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: assisted lecturer with teaching duties; created and gave two lectures on “Precolombian History in Southwest” and “Indigeneity and Indigenous Resistance Movements”; graded exams and essays; held office hours

August 2015 – December 2015 ANTH160A1 “Patterns in Prehistory”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attend lectures, lead Friday discussion for section 001C; grade exams and section assignments

August 2014 – December 2014, ANTH160D2 “Origins of Human Diversity”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attended lectures, lead Friday discussions for sections 001B and 001C; assisted with exams; graded papers; maintained record of grades; and assisted professor with teaching duties

August 2010 – December 2010, ANTH 340A “Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attended lectures, graded exams and papers, maintained record of grades, and assisted professor with teaching duties

August 2010 – December 2010, ANTH 235 “Principles of Archaeology”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attended lectures, graded exams and papers, maintained record of grades, and assisted professor with teaching duties

August 2009 – May 2010, TRAD 101 “Patterns in Prehistory”, Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona: attended lectures on Mondays and Wednesdays; taught section on Fridays; graded exams and papers

Areas of Study

Prehispanic Oaxaca

Mexico & Mesoamerica

Projects

2015 - Proyecto Arqueológico Juegos de Pelota Nejapa/Tavela (PANT)

 

Research Interests

Generally my research interests are the archaeology of ritual and religion,  politics and power, spatial theory, landscape theory, community and social identity, and the application of said theories to archaeological questions.

Currently I am finalizing my dissertation, in which I explore recently discovered ballcourts in the Nejapa region of Oaxaca. Before the arrival of Dr. Stacie King (University of Indiana-Bloomington) and the Proyecto Arqueológico Nejapa/Tavela, no archaeological research had been carried out in the area. Therefore, these ballcourts are practically unknown to Mesoamerican scholarship. The Nejapa area is a fascinating place to study because it was occupied by multiple, distinct sociopolitical communities that were possibly also different ethnic and/or sociolinguistic groups. My dissertation research is the first to fully explore and describe these ballcourts.

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Contact Information

Teaching Assisstant
Telephone: 773-859-0213
Office: 408A

Degree(s)

In progress: PhD, Archaeology, University of Arizona
2006: AM, Social Sciences, University of Chicago
2005: AB, Anthropology, University of Chicago

Dissertation Title

The Seriousness of Play: What Ballcourts Tell Us About Political Negotiation in Nejapa and the Eastern Sierra Sur, Oaxaca, Mexico