Professor Chris Loperena

Christopher Loperena

Associate Professor

Kalmanovitz Hall 222A


Christopher Loperena is a sociocultural anthropologist (Ph.D. Texas) and Associate Professor in the International Studies Department at the University of San Francisco. His scholarship examines indigenous and black struggles for territorial autonomy in Central America, ethicality and subject formation, racialization, and the socio-spatial politics of economic development. His research has been published in American Quarterly, Current Anthropology, Geoforum, the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, and the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. He was the César Chávez Fellow at Dartmouth College before assuming his position at the University of San Francisco. He has received additional support for his research from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Inter-American Foundation.

His current book project is titled, A Fragmented Paradise: Blackness and the Limits of Progress in Post-Coup Honduras.

Research Areas

  • Black and indigenous social movements
  • Latin America
  • Race and gender
  • Environment, land and development
  • Ethnographic research methods
  • Anthropology of ethics and morality


  • PhD, Social Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
  • MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • BA, International Studies, University of Chicago

Awards & Distinctions

  • Cesar Chávez Fellow in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (2011-12), Dartmouth College