Joshua L. Mayer


Joshua L. Mayer

Graduate Student


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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; settler colonialism; racial capitalism; activist research methods


2020. Betts, J. T., J. F. Mendoza Espinoza, A. J. Dans, C. A. Jordan, J. L. Mayer, and G. R. Urquhart. “Fishing with Pesticides Affects River Fisheries and Community Health in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, Nicaragua.” Sustainability 12, no. 23: 10152.

2020. Mayer, J. L. “One Degree Removed: MLR Forestal’s Ties to Indigenous and Afro-Descendant Rights Violations.” The Oakland Institute. October 29.

2020. Mittal, A., J. L. Mayer, and K. O’Neill. “Is Nicaragua for Sale? Foreign Mining Companies Are Eager to Buy.” The Oakland Institute. October 29.

2019. Mayer, J. L. “Negotiating Consultation: The Duty to Consult and Contestation of Autonomy in Nicaragua’s Rama Kriol Territory.” In Indigenous Struggles for Autonomy: The Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, edited by Luciano Baracco, 99–130. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2018. Mayer, J. L. “Behind the Fire that Propelled Nicaragua’s Uprising.” NACLA News. December 12.

Awards & Grants

2019 Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation (BCS-1918424)
2019 Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council
2014 Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant (Nicaragua)


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