Christopher Loperena is a sociocultural anthropologist (PhD Texas, 2012) and an assistant professor in the International Studies Department at the University of San Francisco. His scholarly interests include indigenous and black struggles for autonomy in Central America, ethicality and subject formation, race, diaspora, and critical development studies. In addition to his academic work, he has collaborated on several studies with OFRANEH (Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña) and CCARC (Caribbean and Central America Research Council) in support of Garifuna territorial rights in Honduras. 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: Race, Territory and Black Autonomy on Honduras’s Emerald Coast.”
- Graduate Program Director, International Studies
- PhD, Social Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
- MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
- BA, International Studies, University of Chicago
- Black and indigenous social movements
- Latin America
- Race and gender
- Environment, land and development
- Ethnographic research methods
- Anthropology of ethics and morality
“Radicalize Multiculturalism?: Garifuna Activism and the Double-Bind of Participation in Post-Coup Honduras.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. Forthcoming.
“Conservation by Racialized Dispossession: The Making of an Eco-destination on Honduras’s Caribbean Coast.” Geoforum. Forthcoming.
“A Divided Community: The Ethics and Politics of Activist Research.” Forum on Public Anthropology, Current Anthropology. Forthcoming.
- Awards & Distinctions
Cesar Chávez Fellow in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (2011-12), Dartmouth College