M. Gabriela Torres
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Coordinator, Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program
Ph.D., York University
M.A., Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Quito, Ecuador
B.A., University of British Columbia
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.
An 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.
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.
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, “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. Forthcoming 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. (Eds.) When States Kill. Austin: University of Texas Press (2005). (p.143-169)
M. Gabriela Torres, "Constructing the Threat of Insurgency: Inherent Inequalities in the Development of the Guatemalan Counterinsurgent State." In "Special Issue: Poverty and Inequality in the Latin American-U. S. Borderlands: Implications of U. S. Interventions." Journal of Poverty, 8(4) (2004).
This paper was co-published simultaneously as:
M. Gabriela Torres, "Constructing the Threat of Insurgency: Inherent Inequalities in the Development of the Guatemalan Counterinsurgent State." In Kilty, Keith and Segal, Elizabeth (Eds.) Poverty and Inequality in the Latin American-U.S. Borderlands: Implications of U.S. Interventions. New York: The Haworth Press (2004). (p.7-29)
M. Gabriela Torres, "The Unexpected Consequences of Violence: Rethinking Gender Roles and Ethnicity." In North, Liisa and Simmons, Alan. (Eds.) Journeys of Fear: Refugee Return and National Transformation in Guatemala. Montreal and Toronto: McGill/Queen's University Press (1999). (p.155-175)
Recent Reviews and Other Publications of Interest
M. Gabriela Torres. Virtual War and Magical Death: Technologies and Imaginaries for Terror and Killing. Neil L. Whitehead and Sverker Finnström, eds. Reviewed in American Ethnologist 41 (3). 2014.
M. Gabriela Torres. A Family in History, a documentary by Alfred Guzzetti, Susan Meiselas and Richard P. Rogers reviewed in Visual Studies. 29(1). 2014.
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 Distinctions and Awards
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
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.
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”
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.
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.