Dr Bianet Castellanos

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M. Bianet Castellanos is an anthropologist and a core faculty member in American Studies. Her research interests focus on indigenous communities in the Americas and their relationship to the modern nation-state and global capitalism. Her first book, A Return to Servitude: Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in Cancún (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), examines the foundational role indigenous people play in the development of tourism and transnational spaces in modern Mexico. She recently completed a co-edited (with Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera and Arturo Aldama) collection of essays, entitled Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas: Toward a Hemispheric Approach, that examines indigenous experiences across the Américas (University of Arizona Press 2012). In addition, she is working on a new project that examines indigenous lives across national boundaries, between Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula and Los Angeles, California. This project explores the way gender, class, and racial ideologies intersect to shape how "indigeneity" and "community" are imagined within immigrant communities and migration studies. Castellanos teaches courses on politics and popular culture, immigration, global cities, the U.S.-Mexico border, and transnationalism. In her freshman seminar, her class created a wiki page about life on the U.S.-Mexico border. To access this page, see https://wiki.umn.edu/view/USMXborder

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
  • consumption
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.
  • A Return to Servitude: Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in Cancún. Castellanos, Bianet, University of Minnesota, Author, 2010. Link
  • "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.
  • 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