University at Albany



Jennifer L. Burrell

Ph.D, New School for Social Research (2005)
Interests: political economy, structural and political violence, human rights, forensic anthropology, transitional states, migration, development, gender, neoliberalization
Areas:Central America and the diaspora; the Maya; Latin America
Current Research
I'm a sociocultural anthropologist broadly interested in structural and political violence, political economy, human rights and the construction of inequalities. Since 1994, I’ve conducted research in Guatemala in a Mam Maya community in the northwest highlands, Todos Santos Cuchumatán, on violence, post-war transition, and transnational migration.  I am currently at work on a project that examines interrelationships between migration, gangs and local security concerns in Todos Santos.  Since 2007, I've been researching Mexican and Central American migration to the New York State capital region, and the issue of health care access. I have also worked with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team.  I am currently at work on two book manuscripts on my work in Guatemala, and an edited collection on Central America.

Select Publications
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
2010.  Security, Migration and Human Rights Talk:  Postwar Dilemmas in Todos Santos Cuchumatán,Guatemala  (Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, April.)
2010.  After Lynching, in After War in Guatemala:  Revisiting Guatemala’s Harvest of Violence, Diane Nelson and Carlota McAllister, eds. Duke University Press (forthcoming)
2009.  Intergenerational Conflict After War, in Mayas in Postwar Guatemala:  Harvest of Violence Revisted, Walter Little and Timothy J. Smith, eds. University of Alabama Press, pp. 96-109.
2008. Forensic Anthropology in Peace Support Operations.  In Law enforcement within the framework of peace support operations, edited by Roberta Arnold. Koninklijke Brill NV: Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 179-196.  (with Mercedes Doretti)
2008.  Lynching and Post-War Complexities in Guatemala, in Global Vigilantism, D. Pratten and A. Sen, eds.  Columbia University Press USA/Hurst & Co, UK, pp. 362-389 (with G. Weston)
2007. Grey Spaces and Endless Negotiations:  Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights in Anthropology Put to Work, Richard Fox and Les Field, eds,” Berg Publishers, pp. 45-64. (with Mercedes Doretti)
2005. Migration and the Transnationalization of Fiesta Customs in Todos Santos Cuchumatán, Latin American Perspectives, Volume 32, No. 5, September, pp. 12-32.
Under Review
Achieving Health Care in Upstate New York: An Ethnographic Analysis of State Effects and Informality in the Field of Migrant Health Care (with Jim Collins, submitted July 2009)