Marcela Vásquez-León

Professor in Anthropology

Research Anthropologist, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology

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About Marcela Vásquez-León

Vasquez-Leon was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She has an interdisciplinary background, with a Ph.D. in Anthropology and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona. Currently, she has a joint appointment at BARA and the Center for Latin American Studies.


Areas of Study

Latin America

Southwest US


Research Interests

Environmental anthropology; political ecology; fisheries management and maritime anthropology; rural development and collective action; environmental justice; human dimensions of global environmental change; ethnography film. Research focus: interrelationship between human-agency and large-scale structures, with an emphasis on how contradictory processes occurring at a global scale impact state policy, notions of “sustainable development”, and grassroots collective action.