Florence E. Babb

Harrington Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

Florence E Babb came to UNC-CH in fall 2014 as the Anthony Harrington Distinguished Professor in Anthropology and is an active participant in the Institute for the Study of the Americas. Before coming to Carolina, she taught at Colgate University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Florida. She has provided leadership in a number of programs, including Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and several programs in international studies at the University of Iowa. She is a past President of the Association for Feminist Anthropology, past Chair of LASA’s Sexuality Section, and incoming Co-Chair of the Committee on World Anthropologies. She currently serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology and is on several other editorial boards. She has been a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and has received a Wenner-Gren Research Award for research in Nicaragua, and was a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy.

Professor Babb’s long-term research projects have resulted in the publication of three books, which include Between Field and Cooking Pot: The Political Economy of Marketwomen in Peru (1989, revised edition 1998) and After Revolution: Mapping Gender and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Nicaragua (2001), both with University of Texas Press. Her most recent book, The Tourism Encounter: Fashioning Latin American Nations and Histories, published by Stanford University Press in 2011, focuses on the cultural politics of tourism in post-conflict and post-revolutionary areas, including Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. Her articles have appeared in many journals, including American Anthropologist, Cultural Anthropology, American Ethnologist, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Ethnology, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Latin American Research Review, Signs, and GLQ. She has edited special issues of the journals Latin American Perspectives and Critique of Anthropology. During 2011-2012 she was on sabbatical in Peru, where she was affiliated with the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos and reexamined gender and indigenous identity in the Andean region. Her book in progress is entitled Women’s Place in the Andes: From Gender Complementarity to Decolonial Feminism.

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