• I am a cultural anthropologist with a regional specialization in Latin America. I have conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in rural Chile, the US/Mexico border, North Carolina, and Cameroon.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2021-01-01 Environmental Justice Ethnography in the Classroom: Teaching Activism, Inspiring InvolvementHuman Organization.  80:37-48. 2021-01-01
    2020-01-01 Shifting the Contours of Public Engagement through Ethnographic Filmmaking: Politics, Im/migrant Policing, and Farmworker Health Made VisibleVisual Anthropology Review.  36:234-254. 2020-01-01
    2018-01-01 Testing the Water, Challenging the Narratives of Sustainable Development: Student Volunteer Research Promoting Health in Rural Panama on the Edge of an 'Eco-playground'Journal of Political Ecology.  25:65-79. 2018-01-01
    2016-01-01 Using Ethnographic Video to Cast Light in the Shadows of CheckpointsPracticing Anthropologist.  31-32. 2016-01-01
    2014-01-01 Immigration Policing and Medical Care for Farmworkers: Uncertainties and Anxieties in the East Coast Migrant StreamNorth American Dialogue.  17:13-30. 2014-01-01
    2007-01-01 Cowboys and Indians and Comuneros: Policy-Positioned Ascriptions of Ethnicity, Identity, and History in ChileSocial Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture.  12:139-165. 2007-01-01
    2004-01-01 Clandestine Artisans or Integrated Producers?: Standardization of Rural Livelihood in the Norte Chico, ChileCulture & Agriculture.  26:38-51. 2004-01-01
    2002-01-01 Organization and Advocacy in Rural Chile: Peasant-Worker Consciousness in the Transition to DemocracyAnthropology of Work Review.  23:25-30. 2002-01-01


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    2012-06-01 Neoliberalism and Commodity Production in Mexico.  University Press of Colorado. 2012-06-01
    2009-10-01 Lost in the Long Transition: Struggles for Social Justice in Neoliberal Chile.  Lexington Books (Division of Rowman & Littlefield). 2009-10-01
    2008-01-01 Resiliency in Hostile Environments: A Comunidad Agrícola in Chile’s Norte Chico.  Lehigh University Press/Rowman & Littlefield. 2008-01-01


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    2012-06-01 Conclusion: Structural Adjustment, Structural Violence.  University Press of Colorado. 2012-06-01
    2012-06-01 The Neoliberal Transformation of Mexico.  University Press of Colorado. 30+. 2012-06-01
    2012-06-01 Theorizing Neoliberalism.  . 2012-06-01
    2012-06-01 Tracing the Trail of the Table Grapes: The Effects of Neoliberal Policies in Sonora, Mexico.  . 2012-06-01
    2009-10-01 Preface, Chapter One "Introduction: Enduring Contradictions of the Neoliberal State in Chile", Chapter Seven "Cultural History 'Written in the Marings': Political Ecology of Copper and Community in the 'Little North' in Lost in the Long Transition: Struggles for Social Justice in Neoliberal Chile.  Lexington Books (Div of Rowman & Littlefield). 2009-10-01


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    2020-01-01 Review of “Life Without Lead: Contamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay” by Daniel RenfrewAnthropological Quarterly. 1619-1624. 2020-01-01
    2018-01-01 Review of “They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields: Illness, Injury, and Illegality among U.S. Farmworkers” by Sarah Bronwen HortonJournal of Anthropological Research. 257-260. 2018-01-01
    2013-01-01 Review of “Intimate Migrations: Gender, Family, and Illegality among Transnational Mexicans” by Deborah A. BoehmJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 901-903. 2013-01-01
    2012-10-01 review of Linkages of SustainabilityHuman Ecology. 161-163. 2012-10-01
    2009-12-01 review of Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster by Nandini Gunewardena and Mark Schuller, eds. (Alta Mira 2008) Invited by journal to review. To be submitted May 2009.Human Ecology. 313-316. 2009-12-01
    2009-12-01 review of Stories of Globalization: Transnational Corporations, Resistance, and the State by Alessandro Bonanno and Douglas H. Constance (Penn State Press, 2008); Invited to review by journal, to be submitted May 2009.Culture & Agriculture. 103-104. 2009-12-01

    Research Overview

  • My research interests include: economic anthropology, political ecology, medical anthropology, community resource management, identity, social memory, globalization, and migration. Since Summer 2008 I have been working on a project studying the disease burden of tuberculosis in Mexican indigenous migrant communities along the U.S-Mexico border.
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    Teaching Overview

  • Cultural Anthropology, History of Anthropological Theory, Environmental Anthropology, Ethnography, Latin American Anthropology, Globalization and Culture Change, Medical Anthropology
  • Full Name

  • William L Alexander