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This program is designed for non-traditional students -- or teams of students -- who cannot dedicate the time to the Advanced Methods course, but who do spend a lot of time on Isla Mujeres (returning a few weeks per year, live here part or full time, etc.) and want to learn more about social science research, ethnography and community action research that is collaborative and applied.


The Community Research Program (CRP) will cover all of the theoretical, methodological and practical elements of the Advanced methods course, but spaced out over time to meet either specific student or team based research projects.


Students of the CRP may, in fact, end up working on projects with Advanced Methods and Methods Practicum students, since CRP students might be doing research for years on the island. Upon completion of our Community Ethnographer Certificate (which all Advanced Methods receive). At that point CRP students can qualify as Field School Assistants, thereby not only continuing their personal research interests, but also helping new IFS students with their research goals as well.


If you are interested in this program, please contact Dr. Pierce, Director of The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School, directly at


Tuition and Pricing will be determined based on several factors including: housing, time, logistics and individual or team-based projects.


For example: If you and one or two friends live on Isla Mujeres, or visit here together often, you might want to consider a team-based project, where you can meet for lectures and training together, as well as conduct and complete various research objectives at the same time.


Upon later agreed upon visits, you and/or your team would move on to other research objectives and training until the project has been completed.  At that point you might decide to expand the original project to include new objectives based on the data and analysis of your previous research, create an entirely new project or perhaps become involved with other IFS student projects as a Field School Assistant.







Below is a list of ongoing and possible research areas for interested Community Research Program students.  Of course, students are welcome to discuss other possible research ideas.


  • Medical Anthropology

  • Teen Pregnancy

  • Dengue Fever

  • Food Borne Diseases (Typhoid, Salmonella, etc.)

  • Diabetes

  • Disabilities

  • Drug & Alcohol Misuse

  • Environmental Anthropology

  • Sea Turtles

  • Whale Sharks

  • Reef Conservation 

  • Waste and Erosion

  • Heritage T

  • Tourism and Development Anthropology

  • Economies

  • English as a Second Language

  • Education Policy and Regulation

  • Culture and History

  • Religion

  • Politics

  • Identity

  • Community Action



Lead Instructor:  Dr. Todd Pierce







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