Ronda L. Brulotte, President
University of New Mexico
Ronda Brulotte is Associate Professor of Geography and Anthropology and Associate Director for Academic Programs at the Latin American & Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico. Her research and teaching interests focus on the economic and social impacts of tourism, critical heritage studies, materiality, and food studies. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Oaxaca, Mexico since 1998, and is trained in Latin American Studies more broadly.
<brulotte(at)unm.edu> | See Webpage
Walter E. Little, Past President
University at Albany, SUNY
Walter E. Little is an Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University at Albany. His fields of interest include cultural heritage, global tourism, language pedagogy, political economy, and street vendors in Guatemala and Oaxaca.
<wlittle(at)albany.edu> | See webpage
Clare Sammells, Treasurer
Clare Sammells is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bucknell University. She has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Andean Bolivia and among Bolivian migrants in Spain on the gastronomy of rural, urban and restaurant cuisines; archaeological tourism; solstice celebrations; and conceptions of time.
Linda J. Seligmann, JLACA Editor in Chief
George Mason University
Linda J. Seligmann is Professor of Anthropology at George Mason University. She works in the Andean region of Latin America. Her fields of interest are agrarian issues, the dynamics of gender, class, and ethnicity in markets, and tourism, and she has also done research on transnational and transracial adoption. Her books include Between Reform and Revolution, Peruvian Street Lives, an edited volume, Women Traders in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Mediating Identities, Marketing Wares, and Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption across Race, Class, and Nation. She is currently preparing a co-edited volume with Kathleen Fine-Dare for Routledge entitled Andean Worlds and working on a research project funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation on quinoa and gender relationships and ideologies: “Women and Quinoa Foodways: Making Soup and Super-Food in The Peruvian Andean Highlands.”
<lseligm2(at)gmu.edu> | See webpage
Erika Robb Larkins, Secretary
San Diego State University
Erika Robb Larkins is Assistant Professor in the Department Anthropology and Sociology and Director of the J. Keith Behner and Catherine M. Stiefel Program on Brazil at San Diego State University. Her work focuses on violence, urban life, and inequality in Brazil. Her recent book, The Spectacular Favela, (University of California Press, 2015) explores the connections between the production of spectacular violence in Rio and its commodification and consumption, locally as well as internationally. Her next project is on Rio’s private security industry.
<erika.larkins(at)sdsu.edu>| See Webpage
Joyce Bennett, Councilor
Joyce Bennett is an Assistant Professor at Connecticut College. Her research interests include migration, language shift, indigeneity, and gender. Her current book project focuses on returned Kaqchikel Maya migrant women’s use of ethnic markers. Her other current work focuses on migration to the US Northeast.
Ricardo Pérez, Councilor
Eastern Connecticut State University
Ricardo Pérez is Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. His area of specialization is cultural anthropology and his teaching and research interests include economic and urban anthropology, transnational migration, globalization and development, especially in the fishing and tourism sectors. His current book project, tentatively entitled Authentically Global: Cuban Culture and Economy in the Age of Mass Tourism, examines the economic, cultural and environmental impacts of tourism development in Jardines del Rey, an ‘emerging tourist area’ in north-central Cuba where some of the most important tourism development projects on the island are currently under way.
<perezr(at)easternct.edu>| See Webpage
Nell Haynes, Councilor
Nell Haynes is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern Univeristy, with an affiliation in the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. She focuses on urban altiplano Bolivia and Chile , looking at the ways indigenous peoples produce and consume popular culture forms. Using performance, media, and visual art as a lens she explores the reshaping of discourses on race, gender, class, and politics.
<nell.haynes(at)northwestern.edu>| See Webpage
Chris Garces, Councilor
Dr. Garces’s ethnographic interests range from the study of politics and religion—or contemporary political theologies–, to the unchecked global development of penal state politics, and the history of Catholic humanitarian interventions in Latin
Mónica Salas Landa, Councilor
Mónica Salas Landa is assistant professor of anthropology at Lafayette College. She earned a PhD in anthropology, with a concentration in Latin American studies, from Cornell University in 2015 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University the following year. She specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Mexico with a focus on state formation, nation building, and social memory. She is currently working on her first book, a historical ethnography of the lowlands of northern Veracruz, which examines the ongoing effects of the Mexican Revolution’s main social and economic programs.
<salaslam(at)lafayette.edu>| See Webpage
Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, Councilor
Annie Wilkinson, Student Councilor
University of California at Irvine
Annie Wilkinson is currently a doctoral student at the University of California at Irvine. She holds a Master in Gender and Development from FLACSO-Ecuador and is the author of Sin sanidad, no hay santidad: las prácticas reparativas en Ecuador (Cleanliness is Holiness: Reparative Practices in Ecuador), published by FLACSO-Ecuador (2013). Her research interests include the geopolitics of gender and sexuality, missionaries in Latin America, and transnational social and political movements.
Jordan Lynton, Student Councilor
Jordan Lynton is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research examines issues of race, national identity, development, and diaspora within Chinese communities in Jamaica.