Virginia Ochoa-Winemiller is an assistant professor of geography and anthropology in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Montevallo. She graduated with a M.A. in anthropology and a Ph.D. in geography from Louisiana State University.
Since 1989, she has conducted fieldwork in Latin America including several places in the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize and Honduras. Her research interests include spatial analysis of ethnic housing using geographic information systems, ethnogeography focusing on the impact of globalization and urbanization in the construction of ethnic identity, human-environment relationships in the use and perception of rural landscapes among the Maya, and integrated research combining geography and prehistoric archaeology focusing on settlement patterns, social stratification and origins of urbanism.