“The body is parchment where violence is written.”
Ventura Pérez is is a bioarchaeologist whose primary area of interest is interpersonal and institutional forms of violence. His work focuses on cultural representations of violence using an interdisciplinary inquiry that includes social science and behavioral and biological research (specifically skeletal trauma), along with the analysis of artifacts and ethnohistoric research. Pérez’s current research includes Narco performance violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and he is the principal bioarchaeologist for the site of el Teul in southern Zacatecas, Mexico. Pérez was part of a team that successfully completed the international repatriation between AMNH and the Traditional Yaqui Leadership in Sonora, Mexico stemming from a 1902 Yaqui massacre at the site of Sierra Mazatán. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Landscapes of Violence, and Director of the Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology field school program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Feature story on Ventura Pérez from Research Next, a publication of the University of Massachusetts: