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Mellon Fellows, 2017-2018

The Center for the Americas Andrew W. Postdoctoral Fellows for 2017-2018 are:

Diana Schwartz has a PhD in Latin American History from the University of Chicago, an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in Ethnic Studies and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation, titled Transforming the Tropics: Development, Displacement, and Anthropology in the Papaloapan, Mexico, 1940s-1970s, explores the impact of a major dam project on the definition and management of indigenista communities. Her research and teaching interests include modern Latin America, race, ethnicity and integration in the Americas, indigenous history and politics in the Americas, involuntary migration and resettlement, agrarian studies, the history and politics of social science, and regional planning and economic development. She has published an article on “Indigenous Policy in Twentieth-Century Latin America” in Latin American Perspectives.

Deanna Barenboim is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research addresses transnational migration, mobilities, and socio-legal inequalities, asking how movement across borders produces emergent political subjectivities, experiential orientations, and forms of exclusion and belonging. Over the past decade, her ethnographic research has centered on Maya migration between Yucatán, Mexico and California.  Through her transnational research on the Maya Diaspora, she analyzes how race, legal identity, and claims to space, place, and movement co-construct Indigenous experience and imaginaries.Emerging from this project, her in-progress book manuscript, Belonging Out of Place, addresses migrants’ experience of exclusion in an unexpected place: a region of the U.S. that offers official sanctuary protections. Barenboim has published a journal article on “The Specter of Surveillance” in Political and Legal Anthropology Review (2016) concerning the relationship of law enforcement, migrant imaginaries, and Indigenous (im) mobilities.  Her article on “Reclaiming Tangible Heritage” (2017, Journal of Latin American and Political Anthropology) addresses the linkages of Indigenous heritage, material culture, and historical legacies of dispossession. In current research, she looks at the effects of return migration, deportation, and familial separation on transborder citizenship. Barenboim has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, Tinker Foundation, and Faith Whitney Ziesing Fund in the Social Sciences.   She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago (2013) and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College (1998).  She previously served as a visiting faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College (2009-2017).