Daniella Gandolfo has joined the Department of Archeology as
an assistant professor.
areas of interest include urban anthropology; urbanization and urban social
movements; social and cultural theory; anthropological writing. She has done
fieldwork research in Latin America and the United States.
Gandolfo comes to Wesleyan from the Department of
Anthropology at Columbia University where she completed her doctoral degree
and taught a course on cultural anthropology. Prior to that, she taught in
the Department of Anthropology at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
She has gained additional teaching and professional experience from Barnard
College in New York, the University of Texas, and the Ford Foundation in New
York. She has participated in research projects dealing with educational
reform in Lima and New York City, where she did extensive fieldwork research
in public schools.
Gandolfo, who is fluent in English and Spanish, was born and
raised in Lima, Peru. She received a bachelor’s of arts in archeology at
Universidad Católica del Perú and a
of arts in anthropology
University of Texas.
The City at its Limits:
Taboo, Transgression, and Urban Renewal in Lima, Peru, was
completed at Columbia University.
Her dissertation deals with the social impact of an urban
renewal project of the downtown area of Lima, which it takes as a point of
departure to examine relations of class and race in the city. As an
outgrowth of her dissertation, she has become interested in urban
“informality” and its influence on urban planning and city politics, and in
new forms of urbanization in Peru. She has started fieldwork research on
these themes in Lima and in Puquio, a small city in the southern highlands
She started teaching at Wesleyan in the fall semester.
“Wesleyan offers what, to me, is an ideal environment to keep
growing as a teacher, researcher, and writer,” she says. “I enjoy the
smaller-sized programs with great faculty and students.”
Gandolfo says Wesleyan allows her to maintain strong links
between teaching and her research interests, and enjoys sharing her research
interests with the students.
“I have already benefited greatly from sharing work in
progress with students, who thrive with complex questions and problems,” she
is the author of “José María Arguedas,” published in the Biographical
Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology in 2004, and The City at its
Limits: Taboo, Transgression, and Urban Renewal in Lima, Peru, which will be
published by the University of Chicago Press in 2007.
has made numerous presentations, most recently at the New School University
in New York and the American Anthropological Association Meeting in
Washington, DC. In addition, she is involved with professional associations
including the American Anthropological Association, the American
Ethnological Society and the Latin American Studies Association.
Gandolfo lives in Middletown and New York City, with her
husband, Chris Parkman. She enjoys jogging, hiking, cooking and knitting –
a hobby inherited from a long line of women knitters and embroiderers from
the south of