Les Field

Dr. Les Field received an appointment in the Department of Anthropology at The University of New Mexico in 1994, where he has served 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

  • Collaborative Research Methods
  • Culture Change and Sovereignty
  • Nation States and Indigenous Peoples
  • Political Economy and Critical Theory

Country Specialization(s)

  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Indigenous California
  • Nicaragua
  • Palestine

Latin American Studies Courses

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

  • ANTH 340/530 Colombia Indigena: Indigenous Identity at the Epicenter of Conflict and Peace-making
  • ANTH 340/530 T: Colombia in War & Peace