Department of Anthropology
Ph.D. University of California-Davis
My research looks at dynamics of social exclusion and their contestation, primarily in South America. Between 2001 and 2006, I studied Indigenous activists in lowland Ecuador and their experiences with recent economic and social reforms. This project is the subject of my first book, One State, Many Nations: Indigenous Rights Struggles in Ecuador. At present, I am studying narratives of national unification that emerged during Ecuador’s border disputes with Peru and the role these narratives played in reinforcing domestic paradigms of racial exclusion in Ecuador. I am also working on new ethnographic projects in Peru and Canada.
Forthcoming. Loss and Amazonian Otherness in Ecuador. Invited submission for special issue: Discourses of Loss in the Amazon. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. (26pp.)
2009. Re-imagining Amazonia (review article). Focaal: The European Journal of Anthropology 53:117-122.
2008. Soccer Nationalism: Ecuador and the World Cup. City & Society 20(2):275-281.
2008. Gender and Indigenous Self-Representation in the Zápara Nationality of Ecuador. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 3(2):193-203.
2007. Speaking Sovereignty: Indigenous Languages and Self determination. (With Gloria Ushigua) Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies 22(2):7-21.
2007. Zápara Leaders and Identity Construction in Ecuador: The Complexities of Indigenous Self-Representation. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 12(1):104-133.