CELASA — Cultural Anthropology — International Studies — Latin American Studies — Sociology
Christopher  Loperena

Christopher Loperena

Assistant Professor

Christopher Loperena is an assistant professor of International Studies. He received his Ph.D. in the African Diaspora Program in Social Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies. His teaching and research interests include black and indigenous social movements in Latin America, race and gender, citizenship, environment and development, and anthropological research methods. Specifically, Dr. Loperena's scholarship examines Garifuna struggles over land and cultural resources against the backdrop of neoliberal tourism development on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. He has collaborated on numerous studies with the Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH) and the Caribbean and Central America Research Council (CCARC). He was the Cesar Chávez Fellow in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (2011-12) at Dartmouth College before assuming his position at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Loperena has also received fellowships and research support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Inter-American Foundation. He is currently preparing a book manuscript based on his dissertation field research.