Mary Beth Schmid
I am a fourth year doctoral student studying cultural anthropology working under Dr. Ann E. Kingsolver and Dr. Carmen Martinez Novo. I use an interpretive political economic approach to study the intersections of migration, agricultural livelihoods and kinship. For my doctoral project, I am working with a binaitonal Mexican-American kin group with members who engage in agricultural enterprises and reside in both the foothills of southern Appalachia and the foothills of the Bajio in west-central Mexico. At this point, my research interests cover: transnational kinship, modernity, rurality, globalization, food systems, identity, cultural politics of migration, agrarian change, and temporality.