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Department of Anthropology
Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington 98225-9083
360/650-3615; 650-7668 fax

Teaching & Professional Experience | Education | Teaching & Research Interests | Research Settings | Fellowships, Grants & Awards | Publications | Reviews | Selected Invited Presentations | Professional Service | Memberships | Community Service | University Service

Teaching and Professional Experience

2000-08 Professor, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University

2006-07 Distinguished Teaching Colleague, Fairhaven College; Affiliated Faculty (2007- )

1993-2000 Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University

1994-97 Director, Center for International Studies & Programs, Western. Washington University

1993-94 Chair, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University

1989-93 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University

1988-89 Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

1986-89 Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, and Council on Educational Development, University of California, Los Angeles

1986-89 Executive Director, IXIM (Integration of Indigenous Maya), Los Angeles

1988 Lecturer, Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine

1987-88 Instructor, Immaculate Heart College Center, Los Angeles

1981-84 Staff Research Associate, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, and Dept. of Community and Family Medicine, University of California, San Diego

1979-81 Research Associate, Juarez and Associates, Los Angeles


  • 1988 Ph.D., Anthropology; University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1975 M.A., Anthropology; University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1973 B.A., Anthropology; Haverford College, major at Bryn Mawr College

Teaching and Research Interests

global transformations Latin America
world migration human rights
applied anthropology borderlands
intercultural education child and family well-being

Principal Research Settings

  • Western North American border regions: transboundary policy research relating to sustainability, growth, immigration and human security concerns (since 1995)
  • Los Angeles: changing dynamics of immigrant community development, family functioning, educational goals, and ethnic identity; legacies of solidarity/sanctuary (since 1985)
  • Guatemala: indigenous responses to globalization, rural economic strategies, changes in child socialization and roles, legacies of repression and resistance, Mayan migration (since 1973)
  • U.S.-Mexico border: educational practices of Mexican-origin families, home-school linkages, community-based child health and educational curriculum (1981-1984)
  • New York City and Corona, California: longitudinal ethnographic study and multivariate assessment of bilingual-multicultural Head Start models (1979-1981)

Fellowships, Grants, Awards and Consulting

1985-2008 Consultant on immigration, diversity and human rights issues: for attorneys, immigration and juvenile courts, media, school districts

1990-2007 Bureau for Faculty Research, Western Washington University: 11 research awards

2006 Invited Participant: Spatial Analysis in the Social Science Curriculum, NSF Summer Workshop, University of California, Santa Barbara

2005 Visiting Faculty, AHA International/University of Oviedo, Spain (fall)

2003 Visiting Faculty, Institute for Village Studies, Belize and Cuba (winter)

1996-2001 Project director: "Environment Has No Borders: U.S.-Canada-Mexico Trilateral Exchange", U.S. Department of State, University Affiliations Program

2001 Alberta Summer Research Institute, sponsored by Province of Alberta and the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, and Lethbridge

1998-2000 Project director: “Assessing International Education at Western Washington University”, Association of International Educational Administrators, research award

1999 Fulbright Scholar Award: Universidad Nacional de Salta, Argentina

1998 Visiting Faculty, Centro Mexicano Internacional, Morelia, Mexico

1995 Fulbright Scholar Award: South America Today - Argentina, Brazil, Peru

1991-95 Asylum Officers Training, Immigration and Naturalization Service: facilitated cross-cultural communication workshops in Washington DC, California, New Mexico

1994 Fulbright- Canada and Fulbright-Mexico, "Border Demographics and Regional Interdependency" - grantee

1994 "Leadership and Identity," Newberry Library, Chicago - seminar invitee

1993 Summer Institute in Comparative Anthropological Research, National Science Foundation and University of California at Irvine - seminar invitee

1991-93 National Endowment for the Humanities, "Indians and Europeans in the Americas,” Columbian Quincentennial Series - co-grantee

1990-91 University of California, Pacific Rim Research Program: "The Flow of Trade, Capital, and Labor in the Pacific Rim Garment Industry" – co-grantee

1989-90 Department of Labor: contract researcher on impacts of U.S. immigration laws on labor relations and working conditions in several Los Angeles industries

1988-89 National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Post-Doctoral Fellowship

1986-89 Central American immigrant agencies in Los Angeles: consultant on needs assessments, human rights documentation, cultural resource management

1986-87 Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles: contract fieldworker on new Latin American immigrants

1985 Food Policy and Nutrition Division, Food and Agricultural Organization, United Nations, Rome: consultant on energy expenditure and caloric needs of Latin American children

1978-80 National Science Foundation, Research Fellowship

1977 American Ethnological Society, Elsie Clews Parsons Award

1973-77 National Institute of Mental Health, Research and Training Fellowship



n.d. Donald K. Alper and James Loucky. Canada-US Border Securitization: Implications for Binational Cooperation. Canadian Annals of Public Policy. (accepted for publication)

In Progress: Social Well being in Community Development:
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2008 James Loucky, Donald K. Alper, J.C. Day, eds. Transboundary Policy Challenges in the Pacific Border Regions of North America. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

2008 J. C. Day, James Loucky, Donald K. Alper. Policy Challenges in North America’s Pacific Border Regions: An Overview. In Transboundary Policy Challenges in the Pacific Border Regions of North America. Pp. 1-9. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

2008 James Loucky and Donald K. Alper. Pacific Borders, Discordant Borders: Where North American Edges Together. In Transboundary Policy Challenges in the Pacific Border Regions of North America. James Loucky, Donald K. Alper, J.C. Day, eds. Pp. 11-37. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

2008 Cristobal Medoza and James Loucky. Recent Trends in Mexico-U.S. Border Demographics. In Transboundary Policy Challenges in the Pacific Border Regions of North America. James Loucky, Donald K. Alper, J.C. Day, eds. Pp. 39-61. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

2007 “Microbusiness on the US-Mexico Border.” USEcoEco, Spring, p. 13.

2006 James Loucky, Jeanne Armstrong, Lawrence Estrada, eds. Immigration in America Today: An Encyclopedia. Westport CN: Greenwood. (entries authored: adoption, emigration, employer sanctions, expedited entry and removal, families, food, global origins - Latin America/Caribbean, human smuggling, informal economy, international accords, racism, religion, temporary protected status, U.S.-Canada border, work)

2005 Vecinos distantes, relacion inevitable: Las fronteras norteamericanas analizadas desde una perspectiva comparativa. In Fronteras de America del Norte. Alejandro Mercado Celis y Elizabeth Gutierrez Romero, eds. Pp. 97-113. Mexico: Center for Research on North America, National University of Mexico.

2003 J.G. Nelson, J.C. Day, Lucy Sportza, James Loucky, Carlos Israel Vasquez, eds. Protected Areas and the Regional Planning Imperative in North America. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

2003 J.G. Nelson, J.C. Day, L.M. Sportza, J. Loucky, and C. Vasquez, eds. Overview. In Protected Areas and the Regional Planning Imperative in North America. Pp. 1-21. J.G. Nelson, et al., eds. University of Calgary Press.

2003 John C. Miles and James Loucky. Parks, Protected Areas, and Environmental Education in North America. In Protected Areas and the Regional Planning Imperative in North America. J.G. Nelson, et al., eds. Pp. 134-143. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

2003 Patricia K. Smith, Barry Bogin, Maria Ines Varela-Silva, James Loucky. Economic and Anthropological Assessments of the Health of Children in Maya Immigrant Families in the United States. Economics and Human Biology 1:145-160.

2002 Patricia K. Smith, Barry Bogin, M. Ines Varela-Silva, Bibiana Orden, James Loucky. Does Immigration Help or Harm Children's Health: The Mayan Case. Social Science Quarterly 83(4):994-1002.

2002 B. Bogin, P. Smith, ] A.B. Orden, M.I. Varela Silva, J. Loucky. Rapid Change in Height and Body Proportions of Maya American Children. American Journal of Human Biology 14:753-761.

2001 Child and Family Well-Being in Settlement Decisions of Guatemalan Maya Women in Los Angeles. In Negotiating Transnationalism: Selected Papers on Refugees and Immigrants, Vol. IX. MaryCarol Hopkins and Nancy Wellmeier, eds. Pp. 184-204. Washington: American Anthropological Association.

2001 The Tz’utujil Maya of Guatemala. In Endangered Peoples of Latin America: Struggles to Survive and Thrive. Susan Stonich, ed. Pp. 153-169. Westport, CN: Greenwood.

2001 Bogin, B., M. Kapell, M.I. Varela Silva, A.M. Orden, P.K. Smith, J. Loucky. How Genetic are Human Body Proportions? In Perspectives in Human Growth, Development, and Maturation. Parasmani Dasgupta and Roland Hauspie, eds. Pp. 205-221. Boston: Kluwer.

2000 "El bienestar del niño y la familia en las decisiones de asentamiento de las mujeres guatemaltecas mayas de Los Angeles." In Mujeres en las Fronteras: trabajo,migración y salud. Esperanza Tuñón, ed. Pp. 257-276. México: Ecosur-Colef-Colson-Ed., Plaza y Valdés.

2000 James Loucky and Marilyn Moors, eds. Maya Diaspora: Guatemalan Roots, New American Lives. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

2000 Maya in a Modern Metropolis: Establishing New Lives and Livelihoods in Los Angeles. In The Maya Diaspora. James Loucky and Marilyn Moors, eds. Pp. 214-222. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

1998 Barry Bogin y James Loucky. Plasticidad y crecimiento fisico en niños mayas guatemaltecos en los Estados Unidos. Salud Problema, Nueva Epoca 3(5):79-95.

1997 Barry Bogin and James Loucky. Plasticity, Political Economy, and Physical Growth Status of Guatemala Maya Children Living in the United States. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 102:17-32.

1996 Donald K. Alper and James Loucky, eds. A Trinational Symposium: Canada/United States/Mexico. American Review of Canadian Studies 26(2).

1996 Donald K. Alper and James Loucky. North American Integration: Paradoxes and Prospects. American Review of Canadian Studies 26(2):177-182.

1996 Central American Refugees: Learning New Skills in the U.S.A.In Contemporary Cultural Anthropology, 5th ed. Michael Howard. Pp. 158-160. New York: Harper-Collins.

1995 Leslie Reese, Claude Goldenberg, James Loucky, Ronald Gallimore. Ecocultural Context, Cultural Activity and Emergent Literacy of Spanish-Speaking Children. In Class, Culture, and Race in American Schools. Stanley Rothstein, ed. Pp. 199-224. Westport, CN: Greenwood.

1995 Maya Americans: The Making of a Transnational Community. In Central Americans in California. Nora Hamilton and Norma Chinchilla, eds. Pp. 30-34. Los Angeles: Center for Multiethnic and Transnational Studies, University of Southern California.

1994 Thomas Weisner, Helen Garnier, James Loucky. Domestic Tasks, Egalitarianism and Family Organization in Nonconventional Families. Sex Roles 30:23-54.

1994 James Loucky, Maria Soldatenko, Gregory Scott, Edna Bonacich. Immigrant Enterprise and Labor in the Los Angeles Garment Industry. In The Globalization of the Apparel Industry in the Pacific Rim. Edna Bonacich, et al., eds. Pp. 345-361. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

1993 Norma Chinchilla, Nora Hamilton, James Loucky. Central Americans in Los Angeles: An Immigrant Community in Transition. In In the Barrios: Latinos and the Underclass Debate. Joan Moore and Raquel Pinderhughes, eds. Pp. 51-78. New York: Russell Sage.

1992 Darline Alvarez and James Loucky. Inquiry and Advocacy: Attorney-Expert Collaboration in the Political Asylum Process. In Double Vision: Anthropologists at Law. Randy Kandel, ed. Pp. 43-52. NAPA Bulletin 11. Washington, DC: American Anthropological Association.

1991 James Loucky and Robert Carlsen. Massacre in Santiago Atitlan: A Turning Point in the Maya Struggle? Cultural Survival Quarterly 15:65-70.

1990 Background to the Human Ecology of Northwest Guatemala. In A Meeting of Peoples. Kurt Russo, ed. Pp. 80-83. Seattle: Florence R. Kluckhohn Center.

1990 James Loucky, Nora Hamilton, Norma Chinchilla. The Effects of the Immigration Reform and Control Act on the Garment, Building Maintenance, and Hospitality Industries in Los Angeles. Washington, DC: Division of Immigration Policy & Research, U.S. Dept of Labor.

1988 Children's Work and Family Survival in Highland Guatemala. UCI Microfilms.

1987 Milton Jamail and James Loucky. Tell Pedro So Juan Understands. Report on the Americas 21(3):4-12.

1987 Nora Hamilton and James Loucky. Central Americans in Los Angeles. Los Angeles: Office of the Mayor.

1987 Maya Migrants and Musical Tradition in Los Angeles. In Cityroots: New Immigrant Cultures in Los Angeles. Susan Auerbach, ed. Pp. 8-11. Los Angeles: Cultural Affairs Department.

1987 Central American Refugees and the Right to Life in Family Perspective. Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies 14:15-24.

1984 Children's Work: The International Year of the Child as Watershed for Research. Anthropology of Work Review 5:17-19.

1981 James Loucky and Margo Hurwicz, eds. Mayan Studies. Anthropology UCLA 11. Los Angeles: University of California.

1981 Maria Chavez and James Loucky. Caretaking and Competence: Siblings as Socializers in Rural Guatemala. Anthropology UCLA 11:1-23.

1979 Production and the Patterning of Social Relations and Values in Two Guatemalan Villages. American Ethnologist 6:702-722.

1979 The Social Functions of Futbol in a Guatemalan Village. In Forms of Play of Native North Americans. Edward Norbeck and Claire Farrer, eds. Pp. 279-290. St. Paul: West.

1976 Christine Ho and James Loucky, eds. Urban Diversity: Anthropological Research in Los Angeles. Anthropology UCLA 9. Los Angeles: University of California.

1976 James Loucky and J. Jones, eds. Paths to the Symbolic Self: Essays in Honor of Walter Goldschmidt. Anthropology UCLA 8. Los Angeles: University of California.


2006 (Kramer) Maya Children: Helpers at the Farm. American Journal of Human Biology 18(5):724-725.

2000 (Hart) Undocumented in L.A.: An Immigrant’s Story. Journal of American Ethnic History 19:119-120.

1999 (Bean et al.) At the Crossroads: Mexico and U.S. Immigration Policy. Journal of Political Ecology 6.

1998 (Taylor) Return of Guatemala’s Refugees: Reweaving the Torn. National Coordinating Office on Refugees and Displaced, July-Aug 1998.

1996 (Sexton) Ignacio: The Diary of a Maya Indian of Guatemala. Am. Ethnologist 23:430-431.

1995 (Vlach) The Quetzal in Flight: Guatemalan Refugee Families in the United States. International Migration Review 29:842-843.

1993 (Hayes-Bautista) The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society. Latin American Anthropology Review 5:24-25.

1993 (Greenberg) Blood Ties: Life and Violence in Rural Mexico. Latin American Anthropology Review 5:35.

1992 (Klein) Sugarball: American Game, Dominican Dream. Am. Anthropologist 94:956-957.

1985 (films) El Norte; When the Mountains Tremble. American Anthropologist 87:992-994.

1984 (Butterworth) Relocation of Slum Dwellers in Postrevolutionary Cuba. Man 16:307-308.

Selected Invited Presentations

2008 "Social Well-being in Community Development: Challenges in Creating Justice Objectives."
Euromed Sustainable Connections, workshop

2007 ”Shared Destiny or Segregated Demise? Ethical Challenges of Confronting Deepening Global Crises.” Consortium for Innovative Environments for Learning, Berea College, Berea KY

2007 “Maya American Youth: Dispersed Destinations, Emerging Destinies.” Latin American Studies Association, Montreal.

2006 “Contending with Conundrums: Teaching Human (Rights of) Migration.” Consortium for Innovative Environments for Learning, Hampshire College, Amherst MA

2006 “Fronteras del sur: Familiar Echoes in Spain’s Mounting Immigration Concerns.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver

2006 Nora Hamilton, Norma Chinchilla, James Loucky. “The Sanctuary Movement and Central America Activism in Los Angeles.” Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005 “Edginess Where North America Edges Together: Challenges for Transborder Environmental Health.” National University of Ireland, Galway

2005 “Sanctuary and Solidarity: A Retrospective on the Central American Movement.” Smoldering Ashes: Revisiting the Legacy of the Cold War in Central America, University of Oregon

2005 “Responsible Tourism: Learning in Ladakh.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe

2005 Nora Hamilton, Norma Chinchilla, and James Loucky. "Immigrants and Non-Immigrants Organizing Together: Lessons from the Sanctuary Movement." Pacific Sociological Association, Portland OR

2003 “Pacific Borders, Discordant Borders: Where North America Edges Together.” Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Portland OR

2003 "Research Synergy between Small Universities at the National and International Levels." 5th Annual Conference on Research in University Colleges, Vancouver

2003 “Edginess Where North America Edges Together: Challenges to Cross-Border Bioregional Thinking.” First Annual Canada Week, Boise State University

2003 "Globalization, Globalony: The Challenge of Global Ethics." Society for Applied Anthropology, Portland, OR

2003 “Weaving New Identities in the Maya Diaspora: Lessons for Comparative Ethnicity.” International Conference on American Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ethnicity Race and Gender, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul

2003 “Immigration, Transnationalism and Maya in Los Angeles.” Faculty Symposium, Department of Political Science, University of Southern California

2002 “Crossing Multiple Borders: Latin Americans in the Western U.S.-Canada Border Region.” Pacific Sociological Association. Vancouver

2002 “Desarollo sostantíble: Retos para solidaridad norte-sur” (Sustainable Development: A Challenge for Future North-South Solidarity). Interinstitutional Development Committee, Pedro Moncayo County, Ecuador

2001 “Teaching Comparative and Trilateral Studies.” Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, San Antonio

2001 “Maya and/or American? The Ambiguities of Assimilation in Los Angeles.” Latin American Studies Association, Washington, DC

2001 “Vecinos lejanos y proximos: Distinciones entre las fronteras norte y sur de los Estados Unidos.” International Seminar, Fronteras y Comunidad Latina en America del Norte. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

2001 James Loucky and Donald Alper. “The Political Ecology of the North American Pacific Corridors.” Association of Borderlands Scholars, Reno

2001 “North Meets South: Challenges for Collaborative Development of Transborder Environmental Policy.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Mérida. Mexico

2000 “Anthropology and the Shifting Politics of Political Asylum.” American Anthropological Association, San Francisco

2000 “North American Borders in Comparative Perspective: Scenarios for Research and Practice.” International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Bellingham

1999 “La Latinización de Los Angeles por la migración internacional” (International Migration and the Latinization of Los Angeles), First International von Humboldt Conference, Buenos Aires

1999 “Fronteras en perspectiva comparativa” (Borders in Comparative Perspective). National University of Jujuy and University of Buenos Aires, Tilcara, Argentina

1999 “Globalización y consumismo: Impactos y alternativas” (Impacts and Alternatives to Globalization and Consumerism). Second University Environmental Conference, National University of Salta, Argentina

1999 Weekly commentary “Sobre globalización” (About Globalization), August-October, on Radio Dos (FM 93.1), Salta, Argentina

1999 “Antecedentes y símptomas de la ‘afluenza’ “(Antecedents and Symptoms of “Affluenza”); "La plasticidad y desarollo en el caso de jovenes inmigrantes” (Plasticity and Development of Immigrant Youth); “La migración y los impactos para la salud y familia” (Migration and its Implications for Health and Family); “El consumo y sus consecuencias” (Over-consumption and its Consequences). Dept. of Food Sciences, Univ. de Entre Rios, Gualaguachú, Argentina

1999 “Maya Adjustment to a Global Metropolis.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Tucson

1999 “Changing Dimensions of Protection: People, Parks and Principles” and “From Ecosystems Management to Environmental Education.” Trinational Workshop on Regional Approaches to Parks and Protected Areas, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Mexico

1998 “De tortugas y salmón: aspectos de la formación del pensamiento ambientál.” Universidad del Mar, Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico

1998 “Child and Family Well-Being in Settlement Decisions of Immigrant Women in Los Angeles.” Mujeres en las Fronteras: Migración, Trabajo y Salud (International Colloquium), El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas

1998 James Loucky, Rodolfo Cruz, Chad Day, Donald Alper. “Trinational Certification in Environmental Management.” Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, Vancouver, BC

1998 James Loucky and Donald Alper. “Bridging K-12 and Higher Education through Workshops on Global Issues.” NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Washington, DC

1998 “Impacto psicológico de la migración.” Universidad Latina de América, Morelia, Mexico

1997 "From One War Zone to Another: Guatemalans in the Barrios of Los Angeles." Latin American Studies Association, Guadalajara, Mexico

1997 "Regional Networking in the Pacific Northwest through Consortia." Association of International Educational Administrators, San José, Costa Rica

1996 "Implementing Global Studies in Washington State." British Columbia Centre for International Education, Vancouver, BC

1996 "Mission Impossible? Sensitizing the INS to Cultural Issues." American Anthropological Association, San Francisco

1996 Larry J. Estrada and James Loucky. "Cooperación trinacional entre instituciones de la frontera.” Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacionál, Puerto Vallarta

1996 "The State of U.S. Immigration Policy: Tired, Poor, and Yearning Need Not Apply." National Association for Ethnic Studies, Bellingham, WA

1995 “Latin America: Which Way for Development Studies?” Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, Bellingham

1994 “The Utility of Anthropological Testimony under Changing Dimensions of Persecution.” American Anthropological Association, Atlanta

1994 "Formation and Transformation of Maya Associations in the Western United States and Canada." Society for Applied Anthropology, Cancún

1993 James Loucky and Robert Harmon. " 'Where Do We Go From Here?' Guatemalan Mayas and Urban Violence in Los Angeles." American Association for the Advancement of Science, Boston

1993 "Potentials and Pitfalls in Using Social Scientific Evidence in Refugee Law." Conference on Documenting Persecution in an Era of Global Instability, Harvard Law School

1991 "Transnational Aspects of Maya Cultural Ecology." Chiapas Environmental Conference, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

Other invited presentations: American Anthropological Association (1989, 1981, 1976), American Ethnological Society (1989, 1977), Association of Borderlands Scholars (1984), Association for Third World Studies (1993), International Congress of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences (1983), Latin American Studies Assoc. (1992, 1988, 1985, 1983), Oral History Association (1985), Society for Applied Anthropology (1987, 1983, 1978)

Professional Service

2006-08 Editorial Board, Journal of Educational Controversies
2006-08 Board of Directors, Pacific Northwest Consortium for the Study of Canada
2008 External Reviewer, Departments of Anthropology: Middle Tennessee University, George Mason University
2008 Border Regions in Transition (Victoria and Bellingham, 1/08), Organizing Committee.
2006 Latin American Studies Association, Discussant: “Assessing Recent Trends in Guatemalan Migration”
2001-07 Institutional Affiliate, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC-San Diego
1994- Manuscript reviewer: American Anthropologist, Human Organization, Social Problems,
2008 Journal of Borderlands Studies, Journal of Colonial Latin American History, Urban Anthropology, Migraciones Internacionales, International Migration Review, Ethnic Studies Review, University of Texas Press, Temple University Press, Longman Publishing, North Carolina University Press, Latin American Bureau
2004 Society for Applied Anthropology, Session chair: “Community-Based Tourism, Society for Applied Anthropology
2003 Society for Applied Anthropology, Session organizer: “The Interface of Anthropology and Global Studies”
2002 National Association of Ethnic Studies, Discussant: “Native American/First Nations’ Issues”
2002 Society for Applied Anthropology, Discussant: “Mexican & Central American Migration”
2001 Association of Borderlands Scholars, Panel organizer: “Comparative Lessons from North American Pacific Borderlands”
2000 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Symposium organizer: “North American Borders”
1998 Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, Session Organizer/Chair
1997 Association of International Educational Administrators, Session Organizer/Chair
1996 American Anthropological Association, Session Organizer/Chair
1994 Society for Applied Anthropology. Session Organizer/Chair
1993 Northwest Anthropological Conference, Program Co-chair
1992 Latin American Studies Association, Session Organizer/Chair
1991 Latin American Studies Association, Session Organizer/Chair
1988 American Anthropological Association, Session Organizer/Chair
1981 American Anthropological Association, Session Organizer/Chair

Professional Memberships

American Anthropological Association (fellow/life member)
American Ethnological Association (fellow)
Latin American Studies Association (fellow)
Society for Applied Anthropology (fellow)
Society for Latin American Anthropology

Community Service -Local, National, and International

2005-08 Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival (Co-Organizer, annual 10-day event)

2007-2008 Bellingham Sister Cities Association (Member of the Board); also served 1995-97

2008 "Understanding Global Migration." Great Decisions Forum, Bellingham (2/19)

2008 "Immigration policy in Light of the World Economy." Keynote address, League of Women Voters, Immigration Forum (1/19)

2007“Keys to Understanding Contemporary Mexico.” Great Decisions Forum, Bellingham.

2007 “Spain: Crucible of Cultures.” Bellingham Public Library/Parks & Recreation, Feb. 15

2006 “Jordan, Israel and Palestine: Holy Land – In Peace or Pieces?” Bellingham Public Library/Parks & Recreation

2005 “Learning in Ladakh” – Bellingham Public Library/Parks & Recreation

2004 “The Human Rights of Migration in a Global Age” – Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, keynote address

1984- Opinion editorials, commentary, photographs: Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times,

2007 Cleveland Plain Dealer, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Bellingham Herald, Baseball Weekly, Vista

1982-03 Steering Committee, Guatemala Scholars Network

2002 “Where in the World is Fernando de Noronha? Panoramic Secrets of South America” – Bellingham Parks and Recreations Travelogue Series

2002 “Comparative Religion: Death and Grieving” – Northwest Indian College

2001 Human rights monitor, El Salvador – 20th anniversary commemoration of killings of North American church women; photographic documentation of rural reconstruction

2001 “The Maya Diaspora” – Meet Our Authors, Village Books, Bellingham

2000 Regional Workshop on Indigenous Communities and Protected Areas (convened by the Consejo Indígena Centroamericano), and National Roundtable on Guatemalan Migration; Guatemala City, Dec. 7-9 (invited participant)

2000 “Children’s Rights: Challenges and Opportunities” – Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

1999 Maya Family Law Workshop – El Rescate Legal and Social Services, at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (co-organizer)

1997 “Issues and Impacts of Hispanic Cultures” - Latino Fest, Bellingham

1985-93 Archbishop Oscar Romero Relief Fund, Humanitarian Law Project, Office of the Americas (member of Board of Directors of each organization)

1986-89 Mayor's Advisory Committee on Central American Refugees, City of Los Angeles

1986-87 Office of the Americas – led delegations to Nicaragua focusing on popular education

University Service - Western Washington University

University Policy and Interdisciplinary Cooperation

2007-08 Affiliated Faculty, Fairhaven College
2004-08 American Democracy Project, Advisory Board
2001-05 Faculty Senate: President (2003-04), Parliamentarian (2002-03), Executive Council
2004-07 American Democracy Project, Advisory Board
2005-07 Academic Freedom Taskforce
1991-2007 American Cultural Studies: Advisory Committee, Affiliated Faculty
1990-2006 Woodring College of Education: liaison faculty, Social Studies Advisory Committee
1999-2003 International Programs Advisory Committee: Chair (2000-2003)
1994-97 Center for Educational Pluralism Advisory Committee
1991-96 Third World Studies faculty group

International Program Development

1994-2008 Arranged/hosted international speakers, visitors, and films from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia
2003-06 Evaluation of study abroad sites in Cuba, Belize, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico
2005 Northwest Consortium for Study Abroad: university representative
1997 “International Studies at Western Washington University,“ Report to the Provost
1996-97 Represented WWU: Border Pact Conference, American Council on Education, San Diego/Tijuana; Western Interstate Consortium on Higher Education, San Francisco; International Student Exchange Program, Washington DC
1995-97 Represented WWU: university visits in Australia, Japan, China, Costa Rica, New Zealand

Student Advising

Departmental advisor - Applied anthropology, Anthropology/Social Studies (since 1990)
Principal advisor - International Studies minor & theses (since 1993)
University advisor, minor in Latin American Studies (since 1993)
University and departmental advisor for transfer students (since 1990)
Minority International Research Training - campus advisor (1995-97)
Fulbright Commission – campus contact (1994-97)

Curriculum Development: Courses/Concentrations Created

2006-07 Children of a Changing World; Disposable People; Globaloney: Reaffirming Ecocultural Ethics; Borderblur: Transnational Transformations in the Americas
2005 Human Rights, World Visions
2002 Field Course in Ethnography: instructed 6-wk program in Ladakh, northern India
2003 International Human Rights
2000 Borderlands (Anth 476)
2000 Social and Environmental Justice (Honors 354)
1996 International Studies Minor
1995 Introduction to Global Studies (IS201/GUR)
1994 Native American Experience (ACS202/GUR)
1992 International Migration (Anth 475)
1991 Native American Minor (co-authored with Dan Boxberger and John Purdy)
1991 Applied Anthropology (Anth 480)
1991 Cross-Cultural Education (Anth 484)
1991 Peoples of Latin America (Anth 365/GUR)
1990 Peoples of Mexico/Central America (Anth 465)
1990 Psychological Anthropology (Anth 482)

Presentations and Collaborative Learning at WWU

ongoing Workshops in classes, dept. venues, guest lectures – on professional development (portfolio design, getting published, research and writing skills, ethics)
ongoing Student fieldtrips – to Vancouver (multiethnic communities), Skagit Valley (migrant labor and bilingual education), Sto:lo Nation (B.C.)
2007 “The Justice of Food,” World Injustice Awareness Club, Keynote address.
2006 “Toward a Sane and Humane Immigration Policy,” Political Science Association
2005 “Experiencing Ladakh,” Dept. of Anthropology/Anthropology Club
2004 “Migration in a Global Age,” AS Productions Social Issues, Panel on Immigration
2004 “Getting Published,” Scholars Week.
2006 “Holy Land: Peace or in Pieces?” World Issues Forum
2002 “Between the Lines,” Center for Instructional Innovation (organizer/facilitator of quarter-long media discussion series)
2003 “Collaborating for the Common Good,” Teaching-Learning Academy
2002 A New American Century? Co-organizer, Full-week “Teach In”
2001 “Western Reflects,” Moderator for campus forum on events of September 11
2000 “Maya Cultural Resurgence: Changing Identities, Enduring Struggle” – BFR/Sigma Xi




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