Ronda Brulotte

    Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies
    Latin American Studies Director, Latin American Studies

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Dr. Ronda Brulotte received an appointment at The University of New Mexico in 2007, where she currently teaches in the Department of Geography and serves as the Associate Director for Academic Programs at the Latin American and Iberian Institute. Brulotte has served as President of the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA). As a Latin Americanist, she works extensively with Latin America Studies undergraduate and graduate students. While she maintains a geographic focus on Mexico, she is trained in Latin American Studies more broadly. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of tourism, materiality, critical heritage studies, and food systems. She has authored Between Art and Artifact: Archaeological Replicas & Cultural Production in Oaxaca, Mexico (2012) and co-authored, Edible Identities: Food as Cultural Heritage (2014). Brulotte’s current research examines global indigenous commodity as it relates to Oaxacan mezcal.


  • PhD in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin (2006)
  • MA in Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin (1999)
  • BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Washington (1996)

Research Areas

  • Commodities and Materialism
  • Critical Heritage Studies
  • Food Systems
  • Tourism Geography
  • Transnational Indigeneity

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • Latin America

Latin American Studies Courses

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

  • LTAM 355 Introduction to Latin American Society II
  • ANTH 381/420/570/581 Anthropology of Heritage
  • LTAM 510 Proseminar in Latin American Studies
  • GEOG 469/569 Environments and People in Latin America
  • LTAM 400/500; GEOG 499 Oaxaca Field School