Faculty Affiliates

Mark D Anderson
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Anthropology Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Research Center for the Americas
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  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 1, 329
  • Mail Stop Social Sciences 1 Faculty Services
  • Courses Race and Anthropology; Central America; Anthropology of Consumption; African Diasporas in the Americas; Survey of Cultural Anthropological Theory; Race, Ethnicity, Nation

Research Interests

Racial formation, diaspora, nationalism, transnationalism, culture and power; Latin America, African diaspora

Biography, Education and Training

Mark Anderson is a cultural anthropologist specializing in race and ethnicity, transnationalism, the African diaspora, tourism, Latin America, and the history of anthropology. His book Black and Indigenous: Garifuna Activism and Consumer Culture in Honduras examines the politics of race and culture among the Garifuna in Honduras to explore the relationships between multiculturalism, consumption, and neoliberalism in the Americas. The book demonstrates the mutual entanglements between indigeneity and blackness and between diasporic affiliations and nativist attachments, analyzing the overlapping, ambivalent and unstable modes of identification through people represent themselves and negotiate oppression. In his recent work Anderson is developing is developing a project on tourism Honduras with a focus on the politics of economic value in the tourist industry. He is also working on a project on the history of anthropological thought on race and racism.

Mark Anderson received is PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and was a Harper postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago

Selected Publications

  • Garifuna Activism and Consumer Culture in Honduras. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009
  • "Notes on Tourism, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Cultural Value in Honduras", Jennifer Burrell and Ellen Moodie, Central America in the New Millenium, New York: Berghan Books, forthcoming
  • "Garifuna Activism and the Corporatist Honduran State since the 2009 Coup", Jean Rahier, Black Social Movements in Latin America: From Monocultural Mestizaje to Multiculturalism, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming
  • "The Complicated Career of Hugh Smythe . . . Anthropologist and Ambassador: The Early Years, 1940-1950", Transforming Anthropology 16(2), 128-146, 2008
  • "When Afro Becomes (like) Indigenous: Garifuna and Afro-Indigenous Politics in Honduras", Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 12(2), 384-413, 2007
  • "Ruth Benedict, Boasian Anthropology, and the Problem of the Colour Line" History and Anthropology 25(3), 2014

Teaching Interests

Race and Ethnicity; Capitalism, Consumption and Value; Latin America; The African Diaspora; Social and Cultural Theory; Transnationalism and Diaspora