Christopher Loperena

Assistant Professor

Program Director • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6914 Kalmanovitz Hall 222A


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