Dr. Reyes-Foster is a sociocultural anthropologist. Her current research projects focus on vaginal birth after c-section and peer milk sharing in Central Florida. Both projects are in the data collection phase. Dr. Reyes-Foster’s previous research focused on mental health care services and suicide prevention in Yucatan, Mexico. Her field experience includes working with Yucatec Maya people in rural and urban settings as well as traditional and institutional ethnography. She advises PhD, MA and undergraduate students in various research subjects and locations, including Mexico.

Working with Dr. Reyes-Foster:

Beatriz Reyes Foster
Dr. Reyes-Foster mentors graduate and undergraduate students in developing independent research projects on a wide range of subjects and locations, including facilitating field studies for those interested in conducting research in Mexico. She is also open to incorporating student independent research projects into her broader ongoing research projects. Dr. Reyes-Foster works with each of her students individually in developing interesting and rigorous research questions, designing appropriate methodologies, and frequent consultation during the data gathering and interpretation phases. She supports student dissemination of research via posters, conference presentations, and article publication. She also closely advises and assists students with PhD and MA program applications. Students may contact Dr. Reyes-Foster at beatriz.reyes-foster@ucf.edu to discuss their interests.

Dr. Reyes-Foster is looking for graduate students with an interest in:

  • Sociocultural anthropology
  • Medical anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Gender
  • Central Florida
  • Latino/as and Latin American immigrants
  • Mexico and Latin America
  • Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period
  • Mental health
  • Doctors and Medicine
  • Religion

Examples of research projects conducted by Dr. Reyes-Foster’s students:

  • Domestic employees in Lima, Peru.
  • Catholic healing Masses in Yucatan, Mexico.
  • Farm laborers and diabetes in Florida.
  • Dance and healing in Florida.
  • Suicide among Native Americans (undergraduate thesis).
  • Language and colors among bilingual people (undergraduate thesis).
  • Polyamory among fire gypsies in Central Florida (undergraduate thesis).


Merida Mexico Maya Architecture
Death taking a break
Ancient drum
Halle, Germany
Halle, Germany
Halle, Germany Street Graffiti
Rally to Improve Birth
Rally to Improve Birth