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Les Field

Professor Les Field received an appointment in the Department of Anthropology at The University of New Mexico in 1994, where he currently serves as department chair. His areas of focus are Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Indigenous California, and Palestine, with his main areas of interest and research centering on indigenous identities, narrative and history, nationalist ideologies and the State, resources and development, social transformations and landscapes, and conflict zones. Offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, his classes discuss the theory of ethnology, society and culture, social violence, human rights, among other topics.    


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical, Colombia (1990)
  • PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Duke University (1987)
  • BS in Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University (1979)

Research Areas

  • Indigenous Identities
  • Agricultural Policy And Development
  • Cultural And Museum Policy
  • Nation-Building And Nationalism
  • Social Change

Country Specialization(s)

  • Nicaragua
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Indigenous California
  • Palestine

Latin American Studies Courses

  • ANTH 340/530 Colombia Indigena: Indigenous Identity at the Epicenter of Conflict and Peace-making
  • ANTH 340/530 T: Colombia in War & Peace
  • ANTH 530 T: Pro-Seminar in Latin American Studies
  • ANTH 547 Theory in Ethnology II

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*