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Dr. Keri V. Brondo

Keri Brondo                
  Dr. Keri Vacanti Brondo
  Assistant Professor
  304 Manning Hall
  (901) 678-3289
  Curriculum Vitae

Expertise and Interests

Environmental Anthropology, Gender and Development, Indigeneity, Territorial Rights, Conservation, Voluntourism and Sustainability, Social Justice, Applied and Engaged Anthropology, Applied Qualitative Methods, Central America,US


Dr. Keri Vacanti Brondo received her PhD from Michigan State University in 2006.  Dr. Brondo is active in leadership within the American Anthropological Association (AAA).  She served as the Chair on the Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology (COSWA) from 2006 to 2007 and currently serves as the Chair on the Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA).  She was also one of the principal actors in developing the AAA "Guidelines for Evaluating Scholarship in the Realm of Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology for Academic Promotion and Tenure," adopted by the AAA Executive Board in 2011.  Dr. Brondo just completed her first solo-authored book, Land Grab, an ethnographic account of the relationship between identity politics, neoliberal development policy, and rights to resource management in afroindigenous Garifuna communities on the north coast of Honduras.  The book employs feminist political ecology and critical race and ethnic studies to shed light on current development paradoxes in Honduras.  Dr. Brondo is the former Chair (2010-2012) and active member of the Engaged Scholarship Committee and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Anthropology at the University of Memphis.


Research Projects

Dr. Brondo's scholarship contributes to basic research, theory, and application in the areas of 1) the anthropology of environment and development; 2) the anthropology of work; and 3) gender and social justice.  Her international research focuses on the relationship between indigenous rights, tourism development, and territorial control in Honduras' Garifuna communities.  Her current project in Utila, Honduras, developened in consultation with Honduran environmental NGOs emphasizes enhancing collaborative conservation through research voluntourism.  In the United States, Brondo's work centers on gender equity in anthropological careers; collaborative research on the interconnection between parks, people, and conservation; and green infrastructure in the City of Memphis.  Most recently, she and her students have been exploring the relationship between public fisheries in Shelby Farms Park and regional food security.  Dr. Brondo is also the founder of an interdisciplinary reading group for faculty and graduate students interested in "Gender, Justice, and the Environment Issues."

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Selected Publications

2013  Brondo, Keri Vacanti.  Land Grab:  Green Neoliberalism, Gender, and Garifuna Resistance.  University of Arizona Press.

2012  Brondo, Keri Vacanti and Linda Bennett.  Career Subjectivities in American Anthropology:  Gender, Practice, and Resistance. American Athropologist.  114(4):  598-610.

2011  Brondo, Keri Vacanti and Natalie Bown.  Neoliberal Conservation, Garifuna Territorial Rights, and Resource Management in the Cayos Cochinos Protected AreaConservation & Society.  9(2):  91-105.

2010  Brondo, Keri Vacanti.  When Mestizo Becomes (Like) Indio...or is it Garifuna?:  Negotiating Indigeneity and 'Making Place' on Honduras' North Coast.  Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. 15(1):  171-194.

2010  Brondo, Keri Vacanti.  Practicing Anthropology in a Time of Crisis:  2009 Year in Review.  American Anthropologist.  112(2):  208-218.

Selected Awards


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