Professor of Anthropology
Professor Kearney's work with transnational Zapotec and Mixtec communities takes him from cloud forests of Oaxaca, to the deserts of Baja California, to colonias of border cities, to fields, orchards, and labor camps in the San Joaquin Valley of California, and to Latino barrios in Los Angeles and Riverside. And sometimes he just walks out of his office to talk to Mixtec migrant workers harvesting oranges and avocados in the University's groves. In addition to recording the migration and life histories of transnational migrant workers he also records the soul voyages of espiritualista shamans who also regularly cross the border without documents. His main research foci are class, ethnicity, migration, and the theory and ethnography of transnational communities and processes. His work in practical anthropology in Oaxaca and the Californias deals with the creation of effective transnational indigenous organizations for enhancing natural, cultural, and poltical resources.
Courses offered at UC Riverside
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA. 92521