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Marcela Vásquez-León

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.

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Contact Information

Professor in Anthropology / Research Anthropologist (BARA)
Telephone: 520.626.7623
Office: Geronimo Building, Room 350A
Office Hours: By appointment