Although Minnesota born and raised, Molly Tun has sought global connections through her time living, working, and studying in Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and India.  Through her travels she has become a collector of stories and has recognized the importance of learning from all walks of life—in order to avoid what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes as “the danger of a single story.”  Molly strives to make her classroom such a place of intentional diversity and sustained dialogue.

Molly’s research is centered on Latin American literatures and cultures, focusing especially on the intellectual traditions of Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations and cultures as well as those of contemporary indigenous groups.  She has published articles about Inca counting practices, the connections between math and culture, and other topics in Latin American studies including religion, colonial discourse, literary analysis, and cultures in contact.  She is on the board of directors of the Maya Society of Minnesota and an editor and translator of the journal Revista Latinoamericana de Etnomatemática.  In the future Molly hopes to use her interdisciplinary experience to further understand and decode the Inca knot records (the quipus) as well as her knowledge of the Yucatec Maya language to promote and analyze Maya language and literature.

At home, Molly enjoys swimming, cooking, gardening, sports, crafts, and getting together for food and drinks with the neighbors.