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Dr. Miguel Diaz-Barriga

Professor of Anthropology
  • Profile
    Miguel Díaz-Barriga (Stanford University, 1991 PhD anthropology) is the author of numerous publications on Mexican American Culture, Visual Anthropology, Border Security, and Social Movements. From 1989 to 2010, he was a professor at Swarthmore College where he also served as a Department Chair and from 2010 to 2018 he was a professor of anthropology and Department Chair at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  During the 2014-2015 academic year, Diaz-Barriga was awarded the Carol Zicklin Endowed Chair in the Honors Academy at Brooklyn College.  He was also named an Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. At the national level, he was elected President of the Association of Latino and Latin Anthropologists and was chosen to be Chair of the Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology. He has also served on the Executive Board and worked as the Section Convener of the American Anthropological Association.  He is the recipient of numerous grants, including from the National Science Foundation as well as the Hewlett and Ford Foundations. He is currently completing a book with anthropologist Margaret E. Dorsey on the construction of the US-Mexico border wall, Fencing in Democracy: Border Walls, Necrocitizenship and the Security State (Duke University Press, January 2020).