About Cari Tusing
I study rural livelihoods, land politics and dispossesion in Latin America, specifically the aftermaths of land titling for indigenous and campesino communities. More broadly, my work examines rural peoples' relationships to land, landscapes, and each other in north-eastern Paraguay through political economy and ecology. By documenting the impacts of land inequality, I seek to understand the ways that rural Paraguayans implement, navigate and contest land grabbing and their changing livelihoods through my ethnographic research with elite ranchers, campesinos, and indigenous Guarani. I am particularly interested in how this plays out along differences of class, race, ethnicity, gender and language.
I carried out 22 months of field research in Northern Paraguay funded by the IAF Grassroots Development Fellowship, the Fulbright-Hays DDRA and NSF DDRIG. I am currently writing my dissertation monograph in Santiago, Chile at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and was funded as a PEO Scholar. I am incoming faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the Universidad Católica de Temuco, Chile January 2020.
Peer Reviewed Publications:
Tusing, Cari. La ética y la alteridad: una reflexión sobre la memoria y el destino de Estados Unidos. Huellas de Estados Unidos / #02 / Febrero 2012; 105-115.
Dozier Award 2015 (SOA Best Single-Authored Paper) La Paradoja Paraguaya: The Paraguayan and Indigenous Guaraní Split
Confluence Center Graduate Fellowship. Proposing Community Participation: Indigenous Grant-Writing Workshops
Indigenous people in the Americas are directly involved in socio-environmental disputes affecting their communities but may lack the training and resources required for their work to make a broader impact. This project addresses this gap by designing and implementing a series of grant-writing workshops for young indigenous Latin American leaders attending the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) at the UA. Through community mapping and peer-editing activities, the leaders design grants focused on urgent social and environmental issues in their communities. Written and video feedback from their experience lays ground for a grant-writing website to be used as a virtual forum and resource for indigenous grant-writers.
political economy-ecology, violence, dispossession and land grabbing, indigeneity, everyday life, campesino/peasant studies, Latin America, history and anthropology, oral histories, rural livelihoods, land tenure, memory politics and dictatorships, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil
ABD. SocioCultural Anthropology, PhD minor in Latin American Studies. University of Arizona, Tucson AZ
MA. Historia y Memoria. Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina
BA. Anthropology and Hispanic Studies. The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA