Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


M. Gabriela Torres

M. Gabriela Torres

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Co-Director, Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities

Ph.D., York University
M.A., Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Quito, Ecuador
B.A., University of British Columbia

Research Interests

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I am a specialist in the anthropology of violence and the state, with research experience in the study of gender, memory and migration. My research and publications are focused around theoretical questions of the nature and practice of violence, gendered effects of violence, the development of the state, urban development and identity formation.

My primary research project focuses on the role that Guatemalan print media played in the promotion of gendered state violence through both textual analysis and analysis of interviews with journalists, photographers and editors involved in the production of print media in the 1970s.

Professor Kersti Yillo, Gabriella TorresAn other project that I am working on in collaboration with Kersti Yllo is a forthcoming edited volume that explores the global dimensions of sexual violence in marriage. The volume is entitled Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and Social Change in Global Context. This work has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation Workshop Grant.

Teaching Interests

My regular roster of courses includes Latin American Cultures particularly as they are mediated by states, Economics and Anthropology,  Medical Anthropology, Gender-based Violence and  Anthropological Theory and Methods.

In my courses I am particularly interested in the incorporation of Web-based technologies into the classroom and classroom experiences that engage students in their community. The particular pedagogical approach to "blended learning" that I employ encourages students to engage with online tools as cultural objects that can be used and deconstructed. It has been featured at Bryn Mawr's 2013 Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts conference.

In the past, students in Anthropology 102 worked on "Blogging Culture". The Blogging Culture website gives an example of this work.

My teaching has been honored by the graduating classes of 2014 and 2012 with the Faculty Appreciation Award.

Student Projects

Collaboration with Jessica Kruger ('17) on copy-editing of volume entitled Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and Social Change in Global Context.

Collaboration with Khaled Sharafaddin ('16) and Caroline Stanclift ('16) to support co-hosting the international scholars workshop entitled "Global Perspectives on Sexual Violence in Marriage."

Collaboration with Ian Lazzara ('12), Julia Rettig ('11), Evelyn Sanders ('08) and John Campopiano ('08) to study municipal, provincial and federal efforts to create an image of a "clean" or "civil" city for Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympics. The Wheaton Quarterly Features this research in the Spring 2009 Issue.



M. Gabriela Torres. "Engendering Violence: Military Leadership through the Moral Crisis of Guatemala’s National Family." Gemma Santamaria and David Carey Jr., Eds. Violence and Crime in Latin America: Representations and Politics. Norman: Oklahoma University Press, 2017.

M. Gabriela Torres and Kersti Yllo. Eds. Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and Social Change in Global Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

M. Gabriela Torres. “Gender Based Violence in Guatemala’s Genocide and Beyond.” In Jennifer Wies and Hillary Haldane, editors. Applying Anthropology of Gender Based Violence. London: Lexinton Books. 2015.

M. Gabriela Torres, “In the Shadow of the Razor Wire: Class and Insecurity in Guatemala's Urban Core.” Anthropologica. 57(1) (2015).

M. Gabriela Torres and Peter Coco “Curation in Writing: Using a “Building” and “Breaking” Pedagogy to Teach Culture in the Digital Age.” In Jack Dougherty and Tennyson O’Donnell, editors. Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning. University of Michigan Press. 2014.

M. Gabriela Torres "Daily Dead: The Art and Labor in the Framing of Guatemala's Dead." Anthropology of Work Review 35(1) (2014): 14-24.

M. Gabriela Torres and David Carey Jr. "Precursors to Femicide: Guatemalan Women in a Vortex of Violence." In Latin American Research Review 45(3), 2010: 142-164.

M. Gabriela Torres, "Imagining Social Justice amidst Guatemala's Post-Conflict Violence." In Studies in Social Justice, 2(1) (2008):1-11.

M. Gabriela Torres, "Bloody Deeds/Hechos Sangrientos: Reading Guatemala's Record of Political Violence in Cadaver Reports." In Menjivar, Cecilia and Rodriguez, Nestor, editors.When States Kill. Austin: University of Texas Press. 2005. (p.143-169)

Recent Opinion, Disciplinary News and Public Reports

M. Gabriela Torres. Anthropology News Knowledge Exchange Opinion Columnist.

Let’s Talk Gender:

The Prominence of Consent. June 14th, 2016.

Gendering and the Scrutiny of Bodies. May 26th, 2016.

Seeking Refuge from Gender-Based Violence. February 26th, 2016.

Fear in the Bathroom. January 29th, 2016.

M. Gabriela Torres. Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in the teaching of GBV. Society for Applied Anthropology News. Spring 2015.

M. Gabriela Torres. Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology Annual Report. 2013.
Jennifer L Burrell, Emily Jones, Carrie Lane, M Gabriela Torres, and Jennifer Wies. Leadership Fellow Reflections: Inaugural Program Participants Consider Their Mentorship Experiences. In Anthropology News 51(6): September 2010. (p.21).

Recent Book Reviews

M. Gabriela Torres. Review of Secure the Soul: Christian Piety and Gang Prevention in Guatemala. In Anthropologica 59(1) 2017.

M. Gabriela Torres. #Review: The Trouble with Marriage: Feminist Confront Law and Violence in India. AllegraLab. January 19, 2017.

M. Gabriela Torres. Demilitarized Guerrillas and the Cultural Legacies of State Sponsored Violence, A Review in Anthropology News (Anthropology Book Forum). September 2015.

M. Gabriela Torres. After Love: Queer Intimacies and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba. (Book Review) in European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 98 (April) 2015.

M. Gabriela Torres. Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation. (Book Review) in Association for Feminist Anthropology Book Reviews Online (March 2015).

M. Gabriela Torres. Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala. (Book Review) in The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History 71(1) 2015.

Recent Distinctions and Awards

2016 Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship.

2012 Wenner-Gren Foundation Workshop Grant for "Global Perspectives on Sexual Violence in Marriage."

2011 New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Article for M. Gabriela Torres and David Carey Jr. "Precursors to Femicide: Guatemalan Women in a Vortex of Violence." In Latin American Research Review 45(3), 2010: 142-164.

2009-10 American Anthropological Association Leadership Fellow.

Supervision of Student Research

Zachary Marlay-Wright. 2016. Honors Thesis in International Relations: "Lost in a Crowd: An Investigation of Policies and Urban Refugee Health within Middle and Lower Income Countries." Committee Member.

Alicia Alvarez. 2015. Honors Thesis in Psychology: "Never Good Enough: Body Image Dissatisfaction Among Native Dominicans and Dominican American Female Adolescents." Committee Member.

Juan Felipe Riaño. 2014. Honors Thesis in Anthropology: “Ungendering the Intersex Body.” Thesis Adviser.

Bailey McWilliams. 2014. Honors Thesis in Political Science: "Conceptualizing the Paradox Surrounding the Commodification of Andean Quinoa." Committee Member.

Sally and TorresSally Anne Dexter. 2012. Honors Thesis in Anthropology: “Consuming Coffee, Drinking Democracy: Fair and Direct Trade Coffee in Alternative Markets.” Thesis Adviser.

Kyle Glass. 2011. Honors Thesis in Biology “The Angiogenic and Immunomodulatory Effects of Panax notoginseng: An In Vitro and In Vivo Study”  Committee Member.

Cassandra Warnick. 2010. Honors Thesis in Anthropology entitled: “Why Do You Honk? An Ethnographic Study of a Festival for Activist Street Bands”  Committee Member.

Jacquelyn Michelle Phillips. 2009. Honors Thesis in Religion. “Religion and Social Responsibility: A Cross-Cultural Study.” Committee Member.

Lily Mulcahy. 2009. Honors Thesis in Anthropology. “I’m Too Young for This!: Multivocality in Young Cancer Advocacy.” Committee Member.Torres_Classroom

Ryan Patch. 2008. Honors Thesis in Economics. “Mass Media and the Effectiveness of Micro-credit in the Municipality of Nueva Guinea, Nicaragua.” Committee Member.

Thomas Skiba. 2008. Honors Thesis in Psychology. “A Grounded Theory Approach to the Study of Dyslexia in Higher Education.” Committee Member.

Ashley Smith. 2008. Honors Thesis in Anthropology. "How Indian Are you anyway? The Abenaki of the Northeast and the ‘Indian Problem’ of the 21st Century.". Committee Member.