Lynn Stephen — Research Interests
Dr. Stephen is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon and director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS). She is also a co-coordinator for “The Americas in a Globalized World: Linking Diversity and Internationalization.”
Her work has centered on the intersection of culture and politics. Born in Chicago, Illinois she has a particular interest in the ways that political identities articulate with ethnicity, gender, class, and nationalism in relation to local, regional, and national histories, cultural politics, and systems of governance in Latin America. During the past ten years she has added the dimension of migration to her research. She has conducted research in Mexico, El Salvador, Chile, Brazil, and the U.S.
Her newest book is titled Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California, and Oregon (March, 2007, Duke University Press). Other recent books include Dissident Women: Gender and Cultural Politics in Chiapas (co-edited with Shannon Speed and Aída Hérnandez Castillo) (University of Texas Press, 2006), and Zapotec Women: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Globalized Oaxaca (Duke University Press, 2005). She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for Humanities, The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University and research grants from the National Science Foundation, The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, The Ford Foundation, and the Inter-American Foundation. In 2007 she received the “Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America” from the Society for the Anthropology of North America. She has a strong commitment to collaborative research and to projects that produce findings that are accessible to the wider public. She has recently conducted research on identity formation and the political and civic participation among Mexican immigrant youth that is ongoing and has two other research projects focused on the social movement of 2006 in Oaxaca, Mexico and Latino history in Oregon and the Northwestern U.S.
“Latino Roots in Lane County,” done in collaboration with the Lane County Historical Museum, Latino community consultants, and several of her graduate students, focuses on the oral histories of the diverse group of Latino immigrants and migrants found in Lane County. The project will result in a museum exhibit, oral history texts, and a video.
“Making Rights a Reality: The Oaxaca Social Movement, 2006 to the present,” is a digital and textual ethnography project which explores acts of testimony and their links to global discourses of human, women’s, and Indigenous rights in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The testimonials here are urgent oral accounts of bearing witness to wrongs committed against the speakers. Broadcast on the radio, television, at public demonstrations, and in the street, testimonial rights claiming in Oaxaca repositions previously excluded speakers as active citizens. This project centers on a recent and ongoing social movement in Oaxaca, Mexico and the emergence in June, 2006 of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), a coalition of over 300 organizations that effectively ran the city for six months until the Mexican federal police force intervened. This project will result in a book and a public access website featuring video-testimonials of movement participants and observers. The website also includes documents, photographs, posters, and other visual media.