Robert K. Sitler

Professor of World Languages and Cultures
Director of Latin American and Latino Studies Program

Robert Sitler fell in love with the Native 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. His dissertation was on Maya-related Criollo fiction, which he worked on 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. More recently, he has shifted focus to the peoples of the Andes, especially in the Kechwa-speaking areas around Cusco. He currently serves as director of Stetson's Latin American and Latino Studies Program and is planning an LAS study abroad program in Cuenca, Ecuador.


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

Course Topics

  • Language in Cultural Contexts
  • Reading
  • Culture
  • Understanding Spanish America
  • Maya Culture
  • Indigenous Cultures in Latin American Literature
  • Latin American Culture in Films
  • Living Our Values
  • Mentored Field Experience

Research Interests

  • Indigenous cultures of Latin America
  • Latino cultures in the U.S.
  • Values-centered education
  • Foreign language teaching methodology
  • Campus sustainability


  • "Remembrance and Rebirth in Blue Spring (Volusia County)," Journal of Florida Studies 1.3 (Spring 2014).
  • "The 2012 Phenomenon Comes of Age," Nova Religio 16.1 (August 2012): 61-87.
  • "Astronomy in the Mayan Long Count." ABC-Clio World History Ancient and Medieval Eras (Database) (2011). Thanasiu, Page, and S. M. Walter.
  • "2012: Antik Maya," Aktuel Arkeoloji Dergisi. Istanbul: Temmuz-AgŸustos 2011.
  • "The 2012 Phenomenon: New Uses for an Ancient Mayan Calendar," 2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse. London: Equinox, 2010
  • "The Living Maya: Ancient Wisdom in the Era of 2012." Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2010.
  • Translation of Gaspar Gonzalez. 13 B€™aktun: Maya Visions of 2012 and Beyond. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2010.
  • "'2012' a teachable moment for Maya culture experts." Orlando Sentinel (Nov. 2009)
  • "Quiche on 2012 Movie Menu Tastes Old." Daytona Beach News-Journal (Nov. 20, 2009)
  • "2012 and the Maya World." The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies & 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).


Faculty Expert

  • 2012
  • Mayan calendars
  • Mexican-American Migrant Community

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