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

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
Vanderbilt University

Carwil Bjork-James is the author of The Sovereign Street: Making Revolution in Urban Bolivia. He conducts immersive and historical research on disruptive protest, environmental struggles, state violence, and indigenous collective rights in Bolivia. Since 2015, he has been the lead researcher of Ultimate Consequences, a database of nearly six hundred deaths in Bolivian political conflict. A second research project looks at the political, ethical, and legal tensions that surround resource extraction projects pursued by “post-neoliberal” governments in South America. Both projects draw on his experience as an environmental and human rights advocate and as a participant in direct action protest movements.

Layla Brown-Vincent, Nominations