Stetson University

Robert K. Sitler

Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures
Director of Latin American Studies Program

Robert Sitler fell in love with the Mayan world in the mid 1970s while visiting Ch'ol villagers in the rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico. He completed a doctorate in Hispanic literatures at the University of Texas-Austin in 1994 with a dissertation on Maya-related Criollo fiction with the late Linda Schele overseeing the project's Mayan dimensions. Sitler's ongoing academic passion for all things Maya has been complemented by numerous immersion experiences with his family among Maya from a dozen language groups in Guatemala, Mexico and Belize. His primary interests have been the Mam-speaking community of Todos Santos Cuchumatán, Guatemala and the significance of year 2012 in the Mayan Long Count calendar. In particular, Sitler has worked to include more Mayan perspectives in the discourse concerning the significance of this much-anticipated year.


  • Ph.D., Hispanic literatures, University of Texas

Course Topics

  • Mayan Culture
  • Language in Cultural Contexts
  • Reading Culture
  • Understanding Spanish America

Research Interests

  • The 2012 phenomenon
  • Contemporary Mayan cultures


  • "The 2012 Phenomenon Comes of Age." Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, Volume 16, Issue 1 pp. 61-87.
  • "The Living Maya: Ancient Wisdom in the Era of 2012." Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2010.
  • Translation of Gaspar González. 13 B'aktun: Maya Visions of 2012 and Beyond. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2010.
  • "2012 and the Maya World." The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies and Possibilities. Boulder,CO: Sounds True, 2007. 89-107.
  • "The 2012 Phenomenon: New Age Appropriation of an Ancient Mayan Calendar." Nova Religio 9.3 (Feb., 2006)

Robert Sitler

Faculty Expert

  • 2012
  • Mayan calendars
  • Mexican-American Migrant Community

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