Trinidad Rico will spend her fellowship year working on her second monograph that examines the tensions between cultural heritage preservation practices and religion in the Muslim world. This work seeks to redefine agency for the broad Muslim world in a field that is dominated by conflict and terrorism-centered research agendas, and brings together ethnographic research in the State of Qatar as well as archival research on intergovernmental organizations in the Arabian Peninsula, Paris, Geneva, and London.
More broadly, Rico is an archaeologist whose research and teaching examine the global rise of heritage industries, its civil societies and discourses. She is associate professor and director of the Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies Program in the department of art history at Rutgers University, with associate faculty appointments in the departments of anthropology, landscape architecture, and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She is also honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology of University College London, UK, vice-president of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, and member of the advisory board in the New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Division. Rico is an ACLS Burkhardt fellow at CASBS in 2020-21.