Hilary Morgan Leathem is a folklorist, writer, and PhD candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Before earning her MA in 2015 at the same institution, she received an Honors BA in History and Anthropology from the University of Illinois-Chicago and worked at the Field Museum of Natural History. She has conducted research in Oaxaca since 2008 (first as an archaeologist), and recently returned from a year of fieldwork in Mitla and Oaxaca City as a 2017-2018 Fulbright-Hays scholar. Her dissertation, “Heritage Dispossessed: Haunting, Theft, and the Making of Monumental Heritage in Oaxaca, Mexico,” traces the conceptual formation and mobilization of heritage in Oaxaca while also attending to the moral and affective valences of heritage practices. She occasionally writes cultural criticism and poetry. She also enjoys collecting ghost stories and old things. Follow them on Twitter.

Mitla is a Zapotec town in Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico. Its name is derived from the Aztec place-name,