Board Members

Walter E. Little, President
University at Albany, SUNY
(Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2001)

He is an Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University at Albany. He is also the Co-Director of the Globalization Studies program. His fields of interest include cultural heritage, global tourism, language pedagogy, political economy, and street vendors in Guatemala and Oaxaca.
<wlittle(at)> | See webpage

Ronda L. Brulotte, President-Elect
University of New Mexico
(Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2006).

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. Her book Between Art and Artifact: Archaeological Replicas and Cultural Production in Oaxaca, Mexico (University of Texas Press 2012) is an ethnographic examination of the politics of heritage tourism and artisan production in southern Mexico. She is also the co-editor of Edible Identities: Food as Cultural Heritage (Ashgate 2014). She is currently working on a project on the development of the Oaxacan mezcal industry.
<brulotte(at)> | See Webpage

Timothy J. Smith, Treasurer
Appalachian State University

Tim Smith is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology (with Global Studies/Graduate Faculty appointments) at Appalachian State University (UNC). His research and teaching deal with issues of indigenous representation and praxis in Latin America. In particular, he focuses upon electoral participation and environmental citizenship in Guatemala and Ecuador.
<smithtj2(at)>See webpage

Debra H. Rodman, Treasurer-Elect
Randolph-Macon College
(Ph.D. University of Florida 2006)

Debra Rodman is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Women’s Studies at Randolph-Macon College. Her research and teaching deal with Guatemalan transnational migration, gender and ethnic relations, and the political asylum process. Dr. Rodman has conducted fieldwork in Eastern Guatemala and migrant communities in the U.S. Dr. Rodman serves as an expert witness for U.S. Federal immigration courts providing affidavits and testimony for Latin American migrants seeking political asylum based on gender-based violence, LGBT individuals, and land conflicts.

George Mason University

Linda J. Seligmann, JLACA Editor in Chief
George Mason University

Linda 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 entitled the The Andean World.
<lseligm2(at)> | See webpage

Erika Robb Larkins, Secretary
University of Oklahoma
(Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2011)

Erika Robb Larkins is Assistant Professor in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. 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.
<erikalarkins(at)>| See Webpage

M. Cristina Alcalde, Councilor
University of Kentucky

M. Cristina Alcalde is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her areas of research and publication include migration, gender, violence, and masculinities. Her current book project centers on experiences of home, belonging, and transnational lives in the context of return migration to Peru. Her other current project centers on Latin@ migration in the U.S. South.
<cristina.alcalde(at)>| See webpage

Joyce Bennett, Councilor
Connecticut College

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.
<jbennet4(at)>|See webpage

Kiran Jayaram, Councilor
York College, CUNY and Université d’Etat d’Haïti (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Kiran Jayaram is an Assisstant Professor of Anthropology and Black Studies at York College (CUNY) and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at the Université d’Etat d’Haïti. He has conducted fieldwork in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the United States. His most recent work focuses on south-south mobility, education and literacy, and political economy.

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)>| See Webpage

Melisa Rivière, Councilor
University of Minnesota

Melisa Rivière is a lecturer in the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on music, social movements, and popular culture in relation to civil and human rights throughout Latin America with fieldwork concentration in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Dr. Rivière is currently developing participatory active educational exchanges for students and faculty between the United States and Cuba.

Sarah R. Taylor, Councilor
California State University, Dominguez Hills
(Ph.D. University at Albany, SUNY, 2012)

Sarah is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her research is in Yucatan, Mexico, and interests include the relationship between social position and land use decisions made at the household level, participatory research design, and the shifting economic strategies employed by residents as they negotiate the arrival of tourism in their daily lives.
<sartaylor(at)>| See Webpage

Annie Wilkinson, Student Councilor
University of California at Irvine

Annie 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.

Matthew Lebrato, Student Councilor
Indiana University

Matthew Lebrato is a doctoral student in anthropology at Indiana University. His research interests include epistemologies, cultural politics, education, and cultural revitalization. His dissertation research, based in Oaxaca, Mexico, investigates how the categories of indigenous and Western knowledge are reworked in intercultural education.
<[email protected]>

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