Visiting Scholars

January 2013 - January 2014

Jorge Ramón Gonzalez Ponciano

Dr. Gonzalez Ponciano holds degrees in Anthropology from Stanford University (MA) and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD), and is a tenured Professor at the Institute of Anthropological Research of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).  His current research focuses on the history of tourism and the construction of the exotic in the Mayan region. He is also working on a book about socio-racial formation in Guatemala, which analyzes the dilemmas of Whiteness and Indigenismo, and the politics of racism and anti-racism in Mesoamerica.  Many of his publications examine the formation of the Mexico-Guatemala border, the interplay between territorial and symbolic borders in transnational migration, public policies aimed at indigenous people, and the role of racial ideologies in authoritarianism and nation building in Mesoamerica.  His recent publications include the co-edited volume México y Guatemala: Entre el liberalismo y la democracia multicultural (2009) and “The Shumo Challenge:  White Class Privilege and the Post-Race, Post-Genocide Alliances of Cosmopolitanism from Below” (McAllister and Nelson, eds., 2013).  Gonzalez Ponciano was previously a full-time researcher at the UNAM's Centro de Estudios Mayas and a tenured Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas. He has been an invited researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamerica (CIRMA) in Antigua, Guatemala and FLACSO-Guatemala. He has also served as a professor with the University of California’s Education Abroad Program, the UNAM’s Graduate Program in Mesoamerican Studies, and the Graduate Program of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas. 

Academic Year 2013- 2014

Eliane Karp-Toledo

Eliane Karp-Toledo is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University since 2012. Prior to that she has been teaching in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University from 2006-2009, where she specialized in Andean Ethnohistory, The Inca State, Indigenous rebellions and Resistance as well as Indigenous Peoples of South America and their Politics of Ethnicity in today’s democracies.
She is presently member and Director of the Global Center for Democracy and Development, headquartered in Lima, on issues such as Ethnicity and Poverty, Social Inclusion and the Implementation of related policies and projects in Latin America. The Center also contributed to the creation of an Indigenist Chair (“Jose Maria Arguedas”) at the University of Salamanca, Spain, where she is a Visiting Professor.
She was Peru’s Primera Dama (First Lady), supporting the creation of a National Commission for the Andean, Amazonian and Afro-Peruvian Peoples which became the first National Institute with Ministerial representation. Professor karp-Toledo has published numerous books in Spanish with extensive use of the Quechua language, such as “Allin kausaynapaq, Interculturalidad y participacion”, “La diversidad cultural y los ciudadanos del Sol y la Luna”, “Propuestas para la Inclusion Social y el Desarrollo con Identidad de los Pueblos Originarios del Peru”, dedicated mainly to the empowerment of the Indigenous Peoples in Peru. She has also contributed to publications which documented and cataloged Peru’s cultural heritage and has been a strong advocate for the return of the Machu Picchu artifacts held illegally by Yale University. Her last book, “los Pueblos Indigenas en la Agenda Democratica, Estudios de caso en Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico y Peru”, was published by the Corporacion Andina de Fomento en 2006, in collaboration with distinguished Indigenous experts in their respective countries.
Today, she is working on her book project to offer concrete proposals to improve Latin American Agenda with direct implications on the inclusion of Indigenous peoples to the “common Good” and the “Rule of law”. The book is planned to be published during the academic year 2013-2014.