Sr. Academic Professional
Undergraduate Coordinator



Ph.D. Anthropology, Michigan State University 1989


Expertise & Interests

Medical and developmental anthropology from the perspective of political economy and applied anthropology
Cultural ecology
The political ecology of water
The Impact of migration
The cultural, economic and political analyses of populations


Research Projects

I am currently researching the implications of migration to Georgia and the Southeastern United States of a community of peasants from the State of Querétaro, Mexico. In the last decade, these peasants were forced to relocate when the construction of a major World Bank-funded hydroelectric project, a product of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), destroyed their communities in the early 1990's. I am exploring the impact of the loss of their main source of work, their land, and the subsequent loss of their cultural identity and how this impacts their environment, their economic well-being, their health status and their cultural traditions.


Selected Publications


  • Development and Its Social, Economic, and Educational Consequences: The Case of the Zimapán Hydroelectric Project. 2014: 115-125. In U.S. Latinos and Education Policy: Research-Based Directions for Change.  Ed. Pedro R. Portes, Spencer Salas, Patricia Baquedano-López, and Paula J. Mellon. New York and London: Routledge. 
  • The Destruction of Rural Mexico. The origins of immigration." Chapter Submitted for publication to the Book: “Pivotal Issues, Research and Policy Imperatives in Latino Education and Immigration” CLASE. UGA.
  • Mexican Civilization: Cultural Identity of Mexican People. (In preparation).
  • “Diversidad Cultural en la Identidad Cultural”. Coloquios Internacionales sobre Otopames. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. Toluca 2009: 243-251. 
  • La Ecología Política en la Cultura del Agua de Querétaro. Co-edition with Scott Whiteford, Michigan State University Press and la Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, 2005: 5-187. 
  • “Introducción”. In Quesada and Whiteford. Michigan State University Press and la Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro 2005: 5-14.
  • “La Cultura del Agua en la Ecología Política de Querétaro”. In Quesada and Whiteford. Michigan State University and la Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro 2005: 53-64. 
  • “Water Security and The Policy of Decentralization in Mexico,” co-author with Alfonso Cortez and Scott Whiteford, in Water Policy: Security Issues, Scott G. Witter and Scott Whiteford (eds.), Stamford, Connecticut: JAI Press, 1999: 99-116. 
  • “La Antropología del Desarrollo y los Campesinos: Reubicación Involuntaria en la Presa Zimapán” (“The Anthropology of Development and Peasants: Involuntary Relocation in the Zimapán Dam”), in El Campo Queretano En Transición, Gaspar Real Cabello (ed.), University of San Diego Center For USA-Mexican Studies, 1997:77-84. 


  • “Lo que el Siglo se Llevó… La Cultura Campesina Queretana y los Desvelos de la Antropología” (Gone with the Century…Queretano Peasant Culture and the Anthropological Anxiety). Voces Universitarias: Escuela de Bachilleres, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. pp. 7-10, 2003. 
  • "La Antropología de la Salud en la Medicina Tradicional”, (“The Anthropology of Health in Traditional Medicine”), Gaceta Médica de Querétaro, No. 2, April-June, Vol. 12, 2003. 
  • "La culpa no es del indio", (“The Indian is Not to Blame”), Revista Imagen Universitaria, No. 3, January, No. 11, 2003.
  • “Un Pueblo Náhuatl de la Sierra de Acolhuacán: San Jerónimo Amanalco” (“A Nahuatl Village in the Sierra of Acolhuacan”), Revista Auriga (Journal of Philosophy and Culture), No. 13, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, 1998. 
  • “La Salud de Nuestra Sociedad, Su Valor Cultural (Our Health, Our Cultural Values). Antropología de Querétaro. Facultad de Filosofía. Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. Pp. 112-116, 1998. 
  • “Las Relaciones De Dominación en el Campo Mexicano” (“Relations of Domination of Mexican Peasants”), co-author with Jesús Tapia, Sociología, No. 9, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, 1995. 
  • “La Interdisciplina como un Caso de la Antropología del Desarrollo: Implicaciones Teórico-Metodológicas” (“Interdiscipline as a Case of Anthropology of Development: Theoretical-Methodological Implications”), Auriga, No. 10, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, 1994. 
  • "El Mexicano: Descubierto o Re-encontrado" ("The Mexican: Discovered or Re-encountered"), Auriga, No. 9, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, 1994. 
  • "Clases Sociales, Etnicidad y Sexo: Una Interpretación en la Antropología Médica" ("Social Classes, Ethnicity and Sex: A Medical Anthropological Interpretation"), Auriga, Universidad Autónoma de Querátaro, No. 4, 1991. 
  • "La Fiesta de San Francisco en Magdalena de Kino, Sonora: La Influencia de Kino en un Día Ajeno a El" ("The Holiday of San Francisco in Magdalena de Kino, Sonora: The Influence of Kino on Saint Francis' Day"), Revista Relaciones del Colegio de Michoacán, Vol. X, No. 38, 1989.