Fryer’s current book project, “Things of War,” emerged from her participation in a collaborative heritage initiative in Quintana Roo, Mexico. This work is anchored by an interest in the history and afterlife of the Maya Social War (or, Caste War of Yucatan) — one of the most successful anticolonial Indigenous insurrections ever mounted in the Americas. She is co-editor of two collections: Engendering Heritage: Contemporary Feminist Approaches to Archaeological Heritage Practice (2020, special issue AP3A) and Coloniality in the Maya Lowlands: Archaeological Perspectives (forthcoming, University Press of Colorado). Her courses at Princeton include “Native American & Indigenous Studies,” “Making History: Museums, Monuments, & Cultural Heritage,” and “Race, Gender, Empire.”
Fryer holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her M.A. in anthropology and B.A. in archaeology conterminously at Stanford University. She has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Mellon Mays, the William Fontaine Society, and the Louis J. Kolb Society, and her field research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies grant for Yukatek Maya.