Matthew C. Watson, Ph.D.
I'm an anthropologist of science and a
visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology,
Anthropology, and Social Work at Texas Tech University. Previously,
I have been a visiting assistant professor at George Mason University and a postdoctoral teaching scholar at North Carolina State University. I hold a B.A. in anthropology and Spanish from Grinnell College (2003) and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida (2010).
My ethnographic and archival research presents the first
intensive analysis of Maya hieroglyphic decipherment as a public and
postcolonial science. I am currently developing two book manuscripts: The Late Linda Schele: A Book; and Reading Latour's Cosmopolitics: Ontology, Ecology, Love. The Late Linda Schele is an experimental ethnography that explores Schele's creative and loving efforts to give the ancient Maya new life in the late twentieth century. Reading Latour's Cosmopolitics is a series of critical and anthropological essays that bring Latour's later work into more rigorous engagement with contemporary anthropological, historiographical, and philosophical alternatives.
Watson, Matthew C. 2013. "Mediating the Maya: Hieroglyphic Imaging and Objectivity." The Journal of Social Archaeology 13(2): 177-196.
Watson, Matthew C. 2012. "Staged Discovery and the Politics of Maya Hieroglyphic Things." American Anthropologist 114(2): 282-296.
Watson, Matthew C. 2011. "Cosmopolitics and the Subaltern: Problematizing Latour's Idea of the Commons." Theory, Culture & Society 28(3): 55-79.
Watson, Matthew C. 2013. "The Poverty of Postcolonial Theory?" Review of Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital (Vivek Chibber). Postcolonial Studies 16(2): 230-232.
Watson, Matthew C. 2013. Review of The Ecological Thought (Timothy Morton). Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events.