Professor of Anthropology
Chair, Sociology and Anthropology Department
Advisory Committee, Latin American Studies and Global Development Studies
|BA||International Relations||UC Davis||1994|
My work focuses on the intersection between development and identity politics, especially in relation to Latin America. I have researched the cultural politics of development among indigenous development organizations in Guatemala and also within United-Nations' sponsored projects with Latinos in the United States. I am especially interested in the role that gender, class, and ethnic difference play in shaping people's identities and relations within transnational communities and development projects. Given the significance of transnational migration and diaspora for both grassroots and institutional development strategies, my work has examined how members of diverse Latino communities negotiate visibility and authenticity in overlapping transnational social fields.
My current research takes up the question of how China’s increasing presence in Latin America is changing the definitions, practices, and politics of economic development in the region.
2015 “Costa Rica’s Chinatown: The Art of Being Global in the Age of China,” City & Society 27(2).
2012 Re-modeling the Global Development Landscape: The China Model and South- South Cooperation in Latin America,” Third World Quarterly, 33(7):1359-1375.
Ethnic Entrepreneurs: Identity and Development Politics in Latin America (2010) Stanford: Stanford University Press.
|SOAN 102||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|SOAN 299||Ethnographic Methods|
|SOAN 315||Latin American Identity Politics|
|SOAN 316||Cultural Politics of Global Development|
|SOAN 350||Border Crossings: Transnational Migration and Diaspora Studies|
|SOAN 395||China and Latin America: Toward a New Era of Transpacific Development|