Current Officers

Clare A. Sammells, President
Bucknell University

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.
<c.sammells(at)>  | See Webpage

Ronda Brulotte, Past-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)> | See Webpage

Nell Haynes, Treasurer
Saint Mary’s College

Nell Haynes is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist focusing on performance and media in Latin America. Her research addresses themes of gender, indigeneity, and race in Bolivia and Chile. She is author of Social Media in Northern Chile (translated as Las redes sociales en el norte de Chile), co-author of How the World Changed Social Media, and co-editor of Professional Wrestling: Politics and Populism. She is currently working on her second monograph which explores how the pop culture spectacle of lucha libre, featuring women as chola characters, reflects and contributes to current debates over the nature of indigeneity in Bolivia.
<nell.haynes(at)>| See Webpage

Joseph Feldman, Anthropology News Column
University of Idaho

Joseph Feldman is a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Institute and the Idaho Society of Fellows at the University of Idaho. His research has focused on the memorialization of political violence in Peru. He is the author of Memories before the State: Postwar Peru and the Place of Memory, Tolerance, and Social Inclusion.
<josephf(at)>| See Webpage

Baird Campbell, Councilor (Website)
Rice University

Baird Campbell is currently a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in the Program in Writing and Communication at Rice University. His dissertation “The Archive of the Self: Trans Self-Making and Social Media in Chile,” brings together queer/trans studies, studies of the archive, and science and technology studies to explore how trans activists in Chile use social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to iteratively craft gendered subjectivities. Broadly, his research is concerned with how social media and other digital technologies shape—and are shaped by—their users.
<baird(at)>| See Webpage

Felipe Acosta-Muñoz, Student Councilor
University of Florida

Felipe Acosta-Muñoz is a current PhD graduate student at University of Florida who focuses on language endangerment and language revitalization of indigenous languages of Latin America with a focus on Yucatec Maya. In addition, Felipe’s academic interests also extend to applied anthropology, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis. During his free time, Felipe likes to play music instruments and likes to hike in the nature.

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Emily Matteson, Student Councilor
University of California, Irvine

Emily Matteson is a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Her current research examines discourses of reproduction, gender, rights, and politics among women’s networks of abortion accompaniment and activism in Chile.

Ken Seligson, Prizes
CSU Dominguez Hills

Ken Seligson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at California State University Dominguez Hills. His research focuses on human-environment relationships and resource management practices in the northern Maya lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as on ancient technology and the implementation of community archaeology practices. He has conducted archaeology fieldwork in Mexico, Honduras, Spain, and in the United States.
<kseligson(at)> | See Webpage

Jennifer Ashley, Biennial Conference
George Mason University

Jennifer Ashley is a political and media anthropologist in the Global Affairs Program at George Mason University. Her research has focused on the role of community and national media in democratization processes in Chile, as well as the country’s process to write a new constitution. She is also interested in the potential of digital humanities to present research to broader publics.

Melanie Ford Lemus, Secretary
Rice University

Melanie Ford Lemus is a PhD Candidate at Rice University. Her dissertation research examines the competing politics of governance for ravines in Guatemala City as they are framed by urban conservation initiatives, land tenure, architectural and planning discourse, the privatization of public space, and urban poverty. Her research aims to strengthen insight into how Guatemala City attempts to reckon and ameliorate social and environmental issues that result from the regional instability, marginality, and violence of the 20th century.

Carwil Bjork-James, Program

Layla Brown-Vincent, Nominations