is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Harvard University.

Their dissertation, Yellow Peril, Black Power, is an historical and ethnographic study of collaborations between African American and Chinese American people in New York City from the 1960s to the present with a particular focus on criminal and criminalized activities. Yellow Peril, Black Power explores how crime works as a kind of mutual aid—a set of practices around which people collaborate to secure resources, protection, and social mobility—in the absence, or in opposition to, the state. They also write more broadly about social theory, capital, forensics, and childhood.

Maya currently teaches courses on anthropological research at Harvard University and a writing course on business and labor in fiction and film at New York University. They hold master's degrees in anthropology from Harvard University, social sciences from the University of Chicago, and humanities and social thought from New York University. They received their undergraduate degree in social and cultural analysis at New York University.