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Joshua L. Mayer

Contact Information

Email    joshuamayer@ucla.edu. 
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Fields of Study

Sociocultural Anthropology


Race and ethnicity in Latin America; indigenous and Afrodescendant social movements; communal lands, territoriality, and sovereignty; neoliberalism, neo-extractivism, and postneoliberalism; political and legal anthropology; activist research methods

Grants and Awards

Graduate Dean's Scholarship, 2017–20
Graduate Research Mentorship, 2018–19
Amherst Memorial Fellowship, 2018–19
Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2018
Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (Miskitu), 2018 (declined)
John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship, 2017–18
Amherst Memorial Fellowship, 2015–16
Fulbright-IIE Fellowship, Nicaragua, 2014–15

Conference Presentations

"Cattle Ranchers and Afro-Indigenous Forest Rangers: Settler Capitalism and Resistance in Nicaragua’s Rama-Kriol Territory"; presented in the session Autonomous Outposts: Contested Space in the Honduran and Nicaragua Mosquitia at the 2018 Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, San José, Costa Rica

"Rights without Recourse: The Duty to Consult and Nicaragua's Grand Interoceanic Canal"; presented in the session Rights of the Marginalized at the 2018 UCLA International Institute Graduate Student Conference, Los Angeles, CA

"After Awas Tingni: Urban Communal Land Rights on Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast"; presented in the session After Recognition: Indigenous & Afrodescendant Territorial Rights in Latin America at the 2016 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN


Shannon Speed
Jessica Cattelino


BA magna cum laude, Political Science, Amherst College (2013)
MA Social Sciences, University of Chicago (2016)