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Benjamin Waddell

MA in Latin American Studies | 2009

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Job : Assistant Professor of Sociology, Adams State University
Location : Alamosa, CO

Benjamin James Waddell graduated from the University of New Mexico (UNM), with a MA (2009) in Latin American Studies and a PhD (2011) in Sociology. Prior to attending UNM, Ben earned a BA (2005) in International Studies from the University of Colorado. While a graduate student at UNM, he received a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Research Grant to study social mobility and also began working alongside Dr. Matías Fontenla, Associate Professor in the UNM Department of Economics, to co-lead a study abroad trip to Nicaragua. This international program, which has since been held annually, provides students with the opportunity to confront the realities of globalization in person and to explore issues pertaining to sustainable development within the developing world. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Adams State University in Colorado, where he teaches upper-division courses on race, culture, ethnicity, poverty, and inequality. As a result of extensive periods of residence outside the country-and hands-on research in Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica-Ben has had the opportunity to witness individuals and groups mobilize resources and make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from deep social inequalities. His research interests build on these experiences by addressing immigration, race, political sociology, globalization, and social theory. He has articles forthcoming and under review in academic journals such as the Latin American Research Review, and is working on a book project titled "Controlling 'Illegal' Immigration: An Economic Approach."