Monica DeHart

Professor of Anthropology
Chair, Sociology and Anthropology Department
Advisory Committee, Latin American Studies and Global Development Studies


PhD Anthropology Stanford University 2001
MA Anthropology Stanford University 1997
BA International Relations UC Davis 1994

Research Interests

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.

Recent Publications

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 Quarterly33(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