This series of pictures were taken during my fieldwork in Chiapas, and illustrate the various political uses of San Cristóbal’s main plaza. The plaza, which faces the town’s famous cathedral is a highly touristic place. Named “Plaza de la Paz” (Peace plaza), it serves as the ending point of protests. My time in Mexico coincided with the disappearing of 43 […]

The gleaming towers and manicured campuses of India’s booming IT economy afford pleasure, work, and convenience to India’s middle classes. Yet, this economy is also made possible by a raft of service workers and informal laborers who drive the cars, clean the buildings, and cook, serve, and clean up in the canteens (cafeteria food) of office parks. My recent work […]

Gathering thatch for roofing, rural Guinea-Bissau (2010) Kids in rural Guinea-Bissau (2010) Fashion show in Ziguinchor, Senegal (2010) Mother-daughter fieldwork team, rural Guinea-Bissau (2010) Baby Amada, rural Guinea-Bissau (2002)   Wedding dance, rural Guinea-Bissau (2003)

This photograph was taken during the talent portion of the Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics (WEIO) cultural pageant in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The research examines a state-wide Alaska Native pageant, Miss WEIO from three perspectives: 1) The young women who develop culturally based leadership skills; 2) The community, who gains language and cultural, revitalization and maintenance role models; 3) And the […]

These are photos from fieldwork with the “cholitas luchadoras” of La Paz, Bolivia, looking at struggles over authenticity, legitimacy, and cosmopolitanism within lucha libre wrestling. While these female wrestlers have become a tourist attraction, many men in the sport resent their popularity, seeing them as part of a cheap gimmick rather than representing serious wrestling. For further reading see Global Cholas: Reworking […]

Manduhai Buyandelger studies female candidates’ experiences and strategies in running for Parliamentary seats in 2008 and 2012 in Mongolia. About 10%-12% of total candidates are usually women (out of 340 candidates on average). Women constituted 3% in 2008 and 11% during 2012 elections in Parliament with 76 seats. These pictures represent some of the instances and technologies of their campaigning. Although women have […]

Lara Stein Pardo, Mapping Arts-Miami, Zora Neale Hurston, 2007 This photograph was taken at the approximate location where Zora Neale Hurston lived on a boat during her time in Miami. It is from the Mapping Arts Project (http://mappingartsproject.org/miami/artists/zora-neale-hurston/).