Dr Bianet Castellanos

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M. Bianet Castellanos is an anthropologist and a core faculty member in American Studies. Her publications include A Return to Servitude: Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in Cancún (University of Minnesota Press 2010), Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas: Toward a Hemispheric Approach which she co-edited with Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera and Arturo Aldama (University of Arizona Press 2012), and the anthology Detours: Travel and the Ethics of Research in the Global South (University of Arizona Press 2019). She recently edited a forum on settler colonialism in Latin America for America Quarterly and published an article in the special issue on Critical Latinx Indigeneities in Latino Studies. Her current book project examines indigenous urbanism through a focus on housing and debt in Mexico. She is a member of the Critical Latinx Indigeneities Working Group, the INRS Dialog, and Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. She teaches courses on comparative indigeneities, politics and popular culture, immigration, tourism, transnationalism, and the U.S.-Mexico border.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2003.
  • M.A.: Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Women’s Studies Certificate: Programa Internacional de Estudios de la Mujer, Colegio de México, Mexico.
  • B.A.: Anthropology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.


  • indigenous communities and cultures
  • migration
  • anthropology of work
  • Chicana/o studies
  • Latin America
  • transnationalism
  • gender studies
Courses Taught
  • AMST 1905 - Freshman Seminar: Life on the U.S.-Mexico Border, https://wiki.umn.edu/view/USMXborder
  • AMST 3117 - Latinos in America's Global Cities
  • AMST 3113W - Boomtowns and Borderlands: Life on the U.S.-Mexico Border (America's Diverse Cultures)
  • AMST 3253W - American Popular Culture and Politics
  • AMST 8239 - Thinking Through Transnationalism (Gender, Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Sexuality in the United States)
  • AMST 8401 - Teaching Practicum in American Studies
  • Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas: Toward a Hemispheric Approach. Castellanos, Bianet, Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera and Arturo Aldama, University of Arizona Press, Author, 2012. LinkImage
  • A Return to Servitude: Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in Cancún. Castellanos, Bianet, University of Minnesota, Author, 2010. LinkImage
  • "Don Teo's Expulsion: Property Regimes, Moral Economies, and Ejido Reform": Castellanos, Bianet, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 15(1) , 2010.
  • "Building Communities of Sentiment: Remittances and Emotions Among Maya Migrants": Castellanos, Bianet, Chicana/Latina Studies, 8(1/2) 140-171, 2009.
  • "Cancun and the campo: Indigenous Migration and Tourism Development in the Yucatan Peninsula": Castellanos, Bianet, Holiday in Mexico: Critical Reflections on Tourism and Tourist Encounters, Durham: Duke University Press, 2009. Link
  • "Constructing the Family: Mexican Migrant Households, Marriage, and the State": Castellanos, Bianet, Latin American Perspectives, 35(1) 64-77, 2008.
  • Engendering Mexican Migration. Castellanos, Bianet, co-edited with Deborah Boehm, Latin American Perspectives, Author, 2008.
  • "Adolescent Migration to Cancún": Castellanos, Bianet, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, 28(3) 1-27, 2007.
  • "Photography and the Philippines": Castellanos, Bianet, Imperial Imaginings: The Dean C. Worcester Photographic Collection of the Philippines, 1890-1913, ed. C. M. Sinopoli and L. Fogelin, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, 1999.
  • Detours: Travel and the Ethics of Research in the Global South. Castellanos, Bianet, University of Arizona Press, Author, 2019. LinkImage
  • Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow, 2008
  • University of Minnesota's Office of International Programs International Research Circle, “Comparative Indigeneities of the Americas", 2007
  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006
  • UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2003 - 2005
  • American Association of University Women American Fellow, 2002
  • Visiting Joint Fellow, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California at San Diego, 2002
  • Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Scholar, 2000
  • Global Spotlight Faculty International Seed Grant, GPS Alliance, University of Minnesota, 2012