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 L. 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

Quetzil Castañeda, JLACA Editor in Chief
Indiana University; Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology.

Dr. Quetzil Castañeda is a Senior Lecturer in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2018–present) and Member of the Graduate Faculty at Indiana University. Quetzil is the founding director of OSEA – the Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology, which is an independent, non-degree school that offers field study abroad and transcultural exchange programs ( He has over 30 years of experience conducting research in México on identity politics, heritage, tourism, anthropology of art, ethics, visual ethnography, applied anthropology, language revitalization, and representation. His interdisciplinary teaching has found home in History, Latino Studies, Latin American Studies, Spanish Literature, Sociology and Anthropology departments. Quetzil’s areas of expertise include Maya language, Maya culture, México, Guatemala, visual ethnography, heritage, tourism, museum studies, ethnography of archaeology, ethnographic fieldwork/methods, New Age spiritualism, histories of anthropology, ethics, and culture theory.

Luisa Rollins Castillo,
University of Illinois at Chicago

Luisa Rollins Castillo is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current research examines the intersecting politics of environmental governance, frontier development, and nation and state making in the Dominican Republic. More broadly, her research and teaching interests include discourses of nature and environmental change, development, and mobilities as they relate to particular contexts of race, ethnicity, gender, and labor in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Nell Haynes, Treasurer

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

Timothy J. Smith,
Councilor (Program Chair)
Appalachian State University

Timothy J. Smith is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Appalachian State University. His research and teaching cover the cultural politics of representation and indigenous movements, cultural and political constructions of knowledge, language and culture, contemporary Latin America, identity formation, and the practical application of theory/ knowledge. He has conducted fieldwork in Guatemala since 1997 and Ecuador since 2007.
<smithtj2(at)>|See webpage

Iván Sandoval-Cervantes,
Councilor (Bi-Annual Meeting Chair)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Iván Sandoval-Cervantes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. He has conducted research on migration and gender in Oaxaca. He is currently conducting ethnographic research in Ciudad Juárez, examining the relationship between animal rights, activism, and violence.
<ivan.sandoval-cervantes(at)>|See webpage

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Rachel Horowitz,
Councilor (Nominations)
Washington State University

Rachel A. Horowitz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. Her research examines ancient Maya economic organization through the lens of lithic, or stone tool, technology. Her current research focuses on stone tool economies among the Classic period Maya in western Belize and eastern Guatemala. She has previously conducted research in other areas of the Maya world, as well as in the western and southeastern United States and southern Africa. <rachel.horowitz(at)>

Joseph Feldman,
Councilor (Anthropology News column)
Southwestern University

Joseph Feldman is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Southwestern University and an adjunct researcher in the School of Anthropology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has conducted research on the memorialization of political violence in Peru and recently wrote a book about the process of making the Place of Memory, Tolerance, and Social Inclusion, a national museum in Lima.

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JennyPaige MacDougall,
 Councilor (Prizes)
Director of Research, Canadian Deafness Research and Training Institute (CDRTI)

Paige MacDougall has her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from McGill University (2013). She has extensive ethnographic fieldwork experience with indigenous peoples and persons with disability in Yucatan, Mexico and also across Canada. She is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of vulnerable and marginalized peoples through generating constructive dialogues between communities and organizations, using ethnographic analysis to align available resources with local initiatives. As an engaged and applied anthropologist, Paige works closely with non-profit organizations involved with projects of cultural and indigenous linguistic revitalization. With a background in sensory anthropology, Paige approaches understanding diverse experiences of being-in-the-world without prioritizing lived experience in culturally imposed predetermined terms.

Baird Campbell, Councilor (Website)
Rice University

Baird Campbell holds a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from 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.