P.hd., University of Texas, 2017; Visiting Professor
Dr. Batz is a social anthropologist whose research interests include: extractivist industries and megaprojects in Latin America; Central American and Maya migration, displacement and diaspora; Guatemalan history; indigenous social movements; and human rights.
Batz was a 2018-2019 Anne Ray Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he began working on his book project entitled “The Fourth Invasion: Decolonial Histories, Megaprojects and Ixil Resistance in Guatemala”. The book is based on research conducted in Cotzal, Guatemala since 2011, where the arrival of megaprojects is referred to as a “new” invasion. Batz has also worked with Guatemalan-Maya youth in Los Angeles, as well as serving as a Research Assistant for a National Science Foundation funded project that analyzes the migration and deportation of K’iche’-Maya from Almolonga, Quetzaltenango.