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Kristen Adler

 Kristen Adler


office: McGregor 223
phone: 937-479-5402

Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Kristen Adler has taught anthropology at University of New Mexico and John Wood Community College. She taught Sociology at Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute and, while living in Honduras, taught sociology, psychology and English at a bilingual high school. She also worked as an Assistant Editor at University of New Mexico Press. Her ethnographic research has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, as well as a grant from the Jacobs Fund of the Whatcom Museum.


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of New Mexico
M.A., Anthropology, University of Denver
B.A., Anthropology; Cert. in Latin American Studies, Colorado State University
A.A., Social Sciences, Casper College


Presently, Dr. Adler’s research examines political process and ideological pluralism in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, focusing on the Tsotsil-speaking community of Zinacantán. Her work questions the received notions of tradition and modernity and considers the diverse ways in which Zinacantecos are traditionalizing the modern and modernizing the traditional through reflexive communicative means. Although her research focuses on Zinacantán, it also looks at the influences of the Zapatista movement, the “indigenization” of the nearby ladino town of San Cristóbal and broad patterns of shifting political ideologies. In particular, she is interested in neoliberalism, globalization, and the politics of ethnicity.


Fall 2011

ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology

Winter 2012

ANTH 105 Ethnography of Space and Place

GS 120 Global Seminar: Food

Summer 2012

ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology