Expertise and Interests
Environmental Anthropology, Gender and Development, Indigeneity, Territorial Rights,
Conservation, Voluntourism and Sustainability, Social Justice, Applied and Engaged
Anthropology, Applied Qualitative Methods, Central America, US.
Dr. Keri Vacanti Brondo received her PhD from Michigan State University in 2006.
Dr. Brondo is active in leadership within the American Anthropological Association
(AAA). She served as the Chair on the Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology (COSWA), the Chair on the Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA), and currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association. She was also one of the principal actors in developing the AAA "Guidelines for Evaluating Scholarship in the Realm of Practicing, Applied, and Public
Interest Anthropology for Academic Promotion and Tenure," adopted by the AAA Executive Board in 2011. Dr. Brondo's first solo-authored book, Land Grab, is an ethnographic account of the relationship between identity politics, neoliberal
development policy, and rights to resource management in afroindigenous Garifuna communities
on the north coast of Honduras. The book employs feminist political ecology and critical
race and ethnic studies to shed light on current development paradoxes in Honduras.
Dr. Brondo is the former Chair (2010-2012) and active member of the Engaged Scholarship Committee, Co-Chair of the Gender and Environment Research Group with the Center for Research on Women (CROW), and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Anthropology at the University of Memphis.
Dr. Brondo's scholarship contributes to basic research, theory, and application in
the areas of the anthropology of environment and development, indigenous rights, and
gender and social justice. Her international research focuses on the relationship
between indigenous rights, tourism development, and territorial control in Honduras'
Garifuna communities. Her emerging research in Utila, Honduras, focuses on exploring
the sociocultural impacts of conservation research voluntourism. In the United States,
Brondo's work centers on gender equity in anthropological careers; collaborative research
on the interconnection between parks, people, and conservation; and the sociocultural
impacts of green infrastructure in the City of Memphis. She and her students have
been exploring the relationship between public fisheries and regional food security,
and public perceptions of forest health and environmental governance in Shelby Farms
Park and Overton Park.
2013 Brondo, Keri Vacanti. Land Grab: Green Neoliberalism, Gender, and Garifuna Resistance. University of Arizona Press.
2012 Brondo, Keri Vacanti and Linda Bennett. Career Subjectivities in American Anthropology:
Gender, Practice, and Resistance. American Athropologist. 114(4): 598-610.
2011 Brondo, Keri Vacanti and Natalie Bown. Neoliberal Conservation, Garifuna Territorial Rights, and Resource Management in the
Cayos Cochinos Protected Area. Conservation & Society. 9(2): 91-105.
2010 Brondo, Keri Vacanti. When Mestizo Becomes (Like) Indio...or is it Garifuna?:
Negotiating Indigeneity and 'Making Place' on Honduras' North Coast. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. 15(1): 171-194.
2010 Brondo, Keri Vacanti. Practicing Anthropology in a Time of Crisis: 2009 Year
in Review. American Anthropologist. 112(2): 208-218.
- Globalization, Development, and Culture (ANTH 7400)
- Culture and Consumerism (ANTH 4431/6431)
- Cultural Perspectives on the Environment (ANTH 4220/6220)
- Anthropology of Tourism (ANTH 4413/6413)
- Contemporary Anthropology Theory (ANTH 4065)
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 1200)