Dr. Laura A. Lewis
 Professor of Anthropology
Co-Editor, Visual Anthropology Review (http://www.societyforvisualanthropology.org/)

Contact: James Madison University, MSC-7501 (Sheldon 120), 800 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22807;  (540) 568-7856; (540) 568-6112 (fax), lewis2la@jmu.edu

Education: Ph.D. University of Chicago; B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook

Teaching Areas: Cultural Anthropology; Theory; Methods; Latin America and the Caribbean; Mexico; Race, Nation and Culture; Gender; Migration; Visual Culture; Globalization

Courses: Cultural Anthropology; History of Theory in Sociocultural Anthropology; U.S. Latin/American Borders; Peoples and Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean; The Idea of Race; Political Culture, Indians and Nation-States in Latin America; Topics in the Anthropology of Gender; The Anthropology of Globalization; Afro-Latin America; Latin America and Latin Americans through Film; Study Abroad-Mexico, Study Abroad-Britain and the Caribbean

Research Interests:  Anthropology and History; Latin America; Mexico; Afro-Latin American Culture and History; Race and Gender; the Anthropology of Place; Colonialism, Nationalism, Migration and Transnationalism; Visual Culture, Globalization

Recent Fellowships and Grants: James Madison University Diversity Initiatives Award (Spring 2009); Rockefeller Foundation Scholarly Residency, Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy (March 2008); National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2007-2008), James Madison University, Summer Research Grant (2007), James Madison University, Faculty Enhancement Initiative Grant (2006); James Madison University Office of International Programs, Internationalization at Home Initiative Grant for Development of Interdisciplinary (Soc/Anth) Masters Program in Global Studies (with Damian White) (2005-2006); Smithsonian Institution Fellowship (2004); John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2002-2003); NEH Summer Stipend (2002); Joint University of Chicago/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Center for Latin American Studies Visiting Scholar's Award (2002); James Madison University Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award (2001); James Madison University Summer Research Grant (1999); Research Institute for the Study of Man, Landes Award (1997-1998); Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Small Grant (1997-1998) 

Book:  Hall of Mirrors: Power, Witchcraft and Caste in Colonial Mexico, Duke University Press, 2003

Award: Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Best Book Award, American Society for Ethnohistory, 2004



Book Chapters:

Book: Corn Flour and Chocolate: History, Race and Place in the Making of Black Mexico (under contract, Duke University Press)