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Nell Haynes

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Ph.D., American University, 2013

Nell Haynes is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology who focuses on the changing nature of indigeneity within global systems of economics, politics, art, and popular culture. Haynes focuses on the ways in which "authentic indigeneity" shifts as forms of self-expression and ways of identifying inevitably combine the local and the global. She approaches indigeneity, not as an essentialized subjectivity, but rather as an active form of identification that engages with phenomena including cosmopolitanism, digital media, performance, popular culture, and changing political economies-particularly as related to social inequalities and structural violence. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University in Anthropology and Theater. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at American University in 2013 with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice.  Nell previously was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research (CIIR)  at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she published her first book, Social Media in Northern Chile. She is currently working on her second book, based on fieldwork in La Paz, Bolivia. The book explores how the pop culture spectacle of lucha libre featuring women as chola characters reflects and contributes to current debates over the nature of "authentic indigeneity" in Bolivia. Nell has also published in a number of edited and co-authored books, as well as prestigious academic journals.

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