Joshua MacLeod

Professor of the Practice of Anthropology







I am an “expatriate Vermonter” currently living in the far-away lands of Rhode Island completing my Ph.D in cultural anthropology at Brown University. I have carried out extensive ethnographic research in both rural and urban Guatemala, in addition to shorter periods in southern Mexico. My research has focused on questions of justice, the environment, historical memory, and how Guatemalans deal with the many manifestations of violence and insecurity facing them on a daily basis, whether that is systematic political violence, the daily insecurities of petty crime, or the more subtle but pernicious forms of structural violence manifest as malnutrition and food insecurity. Previous to graduate school I worked for two years in Guatemala for a human rights-focused international coalition of non-governmental organizations providing international accompaniment to individuals and communities working for a more just society.


Ph.D., Anthropology, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2016 (expected)
A.M., Anthropology, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2010
B.A., Anthropology, Philosophy, cum laude, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 2004