Economic development, artisan and peasant economies, globalization, Latin America.
Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair, Interim History Department Chair
Recent courses taught:
- Introduction to Anthropology
- Cultural Anthropology
- Cultural Ecology
- Latin America & the Caribbean Peoples & Cultures
- Bolivia: Culture, Colonialism & Modernity
- Linguistic Anthropology
- Fast, Easy, and In Cash: Artisan Hardship and Hope in the Global Economy (2015) with Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- “Risk-seeking Peasants, Excessive Artisans: Speculation in the Northern Andes” (2014) with Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld. Economic Anthropology 1:124-138.
- “Cultural Anthropology: Global Transformations, Human Nature, Public Debates” (2014). Teaching Anthropology: SACC Notes 20:12-15.
- “Peasants and Pirámides: Consumer Fantasies in the Colombian Andes” (2012). In Consumer Culture in Latin America. Anna Cristina Pertierra and John Sinclair, eds. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
- “Disappearing Act: Race and the Neo-Liberal State” (2006). In Nationalism’s Bloody Terrain: Racism, Class Inequality, and Politics of Recognition. George Baca, ed. New York: Berghahn Books.
- “Inverting Development Discourse in Colombia: Transforming Andean Hearths” (2002). American Anthropologist 104:1110-1122.
College service and professional affiliations:
- Anthropology Department Chair
- Society for Economic Anthropology, Board Member
- Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
- American Anthropological Association
- Editor, Open Anthropology for the American Anthropological Association
- American Association of University Professors