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Carmen Martinez Novo
Associate Professor

Carmen Martinez Novo was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She received a B.A. in Geography and History from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain. She holds an M.A. in Historical Studies and Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research, New York. She has taught at Northeastern University, The Latin American Faculty for the Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador, and The University of Kentucky. She has been Visiting Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, Grinnell College, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico D.F. and Universitat de Lleida in Spain. She has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies,the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation among others. She has done research in Ecuador and at the Mexico-U.S. border. Her research focuses on indigenous politics and rights. She has also studied racism, paternalism, the anthropology of the state and the anthropology of Latin American elites.  At the University of Kentucky Professor Martínez teaches "Human Rights in Global Perspective," "Culture, Environment and Global Issues,"Contemporary Latin American Cultures,"  "Indigenous Latin America," "Elites in Cross-Cultural Comparison," "Political Economy," and "Ontologies, Emotions, Self."

Contact Information
203 C Lafferty Hall
Ph.D. Anthropology, New School for Social Research, M.A. Historical Studies and Anthropology, New School for Social Research, B.A. in Geography and History from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, 
Research Interests
  • Latin America
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Political Ecology
  • Editor Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies