Publications

 
 

Books


Mobilizing Bolivia’s Displaced: Indigenous Politics and the Struggle over Land

UNC Press. (2012)


Mobilizing Bolivia’s Displaced: Indigenous Politics and the Struggle over Land (2012) examines the Landless Peasant Movement (MST-Bolivia), a 50,000 member movement leading a struggle to equalize land ownership in a country where 90 percent of the population owns seven percent of the cultivatable land.  By taking readers into the personal spaces of home and work, on long bus rides, and into newly built MST settlements, I illustrate the malleability and flexibility of indigeneity, as it has been used to inform an agro-ecological model of development, food sovereignty, and international forms of organizing.  The last part of the book explores the tensions and limitations of “indigeneity,” particularly as platforms scale up from the grassroots level to the state and lose the necessary traction for implementing redistributive justice, in a moment of radical ecological shift.


Remapping Bolivia: Resources, Territory and Indigeneity in Plurinational Bolivia

SAR Press (2012)


Remapping Bolivia: Resources, Territory, and Indigeneity in Plurinational Bolivia (2011), co-edited with Bret Gustafson (Washington University), explores the cultural politics of territoriality and indigeneity in relation to state change and globalized struggles over natural resources in contemporary Bolivia.  It emerged out of a conference that I organized in 2008 as a graduate student at Northwestern University, entitled “Decolonizing the Nation, Reimagining the City: Indigenous Peoples Mapping a New Terrain.”  The conference and the book brought together US and Bolivian scholars and indigenous intellectuals from both sides of the North-South divide as well as across disciplinary boundaries in an effort to incorporate and elevate marginalized voices and disrupt traditional forms of academic knowledge production and circulation.


Peer-Reviewed Publications


2013

With Nancy Postero, Contested Bodies, Contested States: Performance, Emotions, and New Forms of Regional Governance in Santa Cruz, Bolivia Journal of Latin America and Caribbean Anthropology, forthcoming.


2012

Symbols in Motion: Katari as Traveling Image in Landless Movement Politics in Bolivia. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies Journal. 7(1): 1-29.

2010

Between the Romance of Collectivism and the Reality of Individualism: Ayllu Rhetoric in the Landless Peasant Movement (MST-Bolivia), Latin American Perspectives 37(4): 88-107.


2009

Performative Politics: The Camba countermovement in eastern Bolivia. American Ethnologist 36(4): 768-783.


Essays


2013

Climate Debt: Who Profits? Who Pays? North American Congress on Latin America (Report on the Americas) Spring 2013 volume 46 number 1


2013
With Kathryn Hicks, Bolivia versus the Billionaires: Limitations of the climate justice movement in Bolivia, North American Congress on Latin America (Report on the Americas) Spring 2013 volume 46 number 1


2011

Defending Democracy? Human Rights Discourse in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, North American Congress on Latin America (Report on the Americas) Fall 2011 volume 44, number 5