Dr. Keri Vacanti Brondo

Dr. Keri Vacanti Brondo

Professor, Department Chair

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About Dr. Brondo

Dr. Keri Vacanti Brondo received her PhD from Michigan State University in 2006. She is active in leadership within the discipline, having served on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), as Chair of the AAA's Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology (COSWA), Chair of the AAA's Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA), Co-Chair of the AAA's Members' Programmatic Advisory and Advocacy Committee (M-PAAC), Senior Board Member of the AAA's Anthropology & Environment Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA). Her research and teaching interests are in conservation, development, and local livelihoods, tourism, land rights, and nature-based volunteerism. She is the author of Land Grab: Green Neoliberalism, Gender, and Garifuna Resistance in Honduras, (University of Arizona Press, 2013), Cultural Anthropology: Contemporary, Public, and Critical Readings (Oxford University Press, 2017, 2020) and over 60 articles, book chapters, agency reports, reviews and commentaries. She is regularly called upon to provide expert testimony for amnesty cases and has served amicus curie for the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights. At the UofM, Dr. Brondo is the former Chair (2010-2012) and current member of the Engaged Scholarship Committee, Co-Chaired the Gender and Environment Research Group of the Center for Research on Women (CROW), and is the Academic Director of TN Governor's School for International Studies.

Expertise and Interests

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

Research Projects

Dr. Brondo's scholarship contributes to basic research, theory, and application in the areas of the anthropology of environment and development, indigenous rights, and gender and social justice. Her international research focuses on the relationship between indigenous rights, conservation and development, and local livelihoods, particularly on Honduras' north coast and islands. In the United States, Brondo's work centers on gender equity in anthropological careers and collaborative research on the interconnection between parks, people, and conservation. Dr. Brondo's first solo-authored book, Land Grab, is 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. Her current book project , tentatively titled Multispecies Entanglements in Honduras' Affect Economy, explores the sociocultural impacts of conservation research voluntourism.

Selected Publications

Brondo, Keri Vacanti. Cultural Anthropology: Contemporary, Public, and Critical Readings. Oxford University Press. 2017/2020.

Brondo, Keri Vacanti. Entanglements in Conservation: Utila's Emerging Economy of Affect. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 27(4): 590-627. 2019.

Brondo, Keri Vacanti, Suzanne Kent, and Arleen Hill. "Teaching Collaborative Environmental Anthropology: A Case Study Embedding Engaged Scholarship in Critical Approaches to Voluntourism." In Toni Copeland and Francois Dengah (eds.) "Involve Me and I Learn:" Teaching Anthropology and Research Methods in the Classroom and Beyond. Annals of Anthropological Practice. 40(2): 182-195. 2016.

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 Anthropologist. 114(4): 598-610. 2011

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. 2011.

Selected Awards

  • 2019 President's Award. American Anthropological Association.
  • 2017 Sierra Club's Dick Mochow Environmental Justice Award
  • 2016 - 2019 Dunavant Professorship. College of Arts and Sciences, University of Memphis
  • 2011 Professional Development Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis
  • 2010 Early Career Research Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis


  • Conservation, Culture, and Environmental Change (ANTH 4/6991)
  • Cultural Perspectives on the Environment (ANTH 4220/6220)
  • Anthropology of Tourism (ANTH 4413/6413)
  • Gender and Environment (ANTH 4/6990)
  • Nature, Culture, and Environment (UNHP 1100)
  • Contemporary Anthropology Theory (ANTH 4065)
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 1200)
  • Globalization, Development, and Culture (ANTH 7400)
  • Applied Anthropology and Development (ANTH 7255)

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