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  Joseph Wiltberger



E-mail: joewilt@gmail.com


Education
Ph.D., Anthropology, anticipated May 2012, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dissertation: The Struggle to Stay Connected: Practices and Logics of Community in “Transnational” El Salvador.
Ph.D. Committee: Arturo Escobar, Ph.D. (chair), Dorothy Holland, Ph.D., Charles Price, Ph.D., Altha Cravey, Ph.D., & Hannah Gill, Ph.D.
M.A., Anthropology, May 2008, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
B.A., American Studies, May 2001, University of Notre Dame.

Fieldwork Experience:
Dissertation fieldwork, Nov 2008-Jul 2011: El Salvador (more than 2 years total).
Salvadoran/Latino communities in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, & LA (4 months total).
Chiapas, Guanajuato & Mexico City, Mexico (1 month total).
Pre-dissertation fieldwork, Summers 2008, 2007 & 2006: Northern and southern borders of Mexico (6 weeks total), El Salvador (1 month total), Salvadoran/Latino communities in the U.S. (1 month total).
Pre-doctoral field experience, Jun 2005, Nov 2001-Jul 2003, Jan & Jul 2000, Jun-Aug 1999. El Salvador (22 months total), Salvadoran/Latino communities in the U.S. (2 months total).

Fellowships & Awards:
Dissertation Funding
Quiros Varela Scholar Dissertation Fellowship, Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC-Chapel Hill, for dissertation fieldwork & writing, Jun-Jul 2011.
Grassroots Development Fellowship, Inter-American Foundation, for dissertation fieldwork, 2010-2011.
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, for dissertation fieldwork, 2008-2009.
International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, for dissertation fieldwork, 2008-2009.
Pre-Dissertation Field Research Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Latin American Studies, for preliminary dissertation fieldwork, May-Jul 2007.

Other Honors & Awards
Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship, UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School, for tuition reimbursement, 2008-2011.
Transportation Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School, for participation in the Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Jun 2009.
Mellon Conference Travel Award, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Study of the Americas, for participation in the Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Jun 2009.
Mellon Conference Travel Award, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Latin American Studies, for participation in the Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Sep 2007.
Mellon Conference Travel Award, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Latin American Studies, for participation in the Third Cumbre of the Great Plains, Apr 2007.
Foreign Language Areas Studies Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill, for intensive study of Yucatec Maya language in Yucatan & Chapel Hill, May-Jun 2006.
Kennedy Prize for Best Essay on Latin America, University of Notre Dame Kellogg Institute for International Studies, to recognize merits of senior thesis paper, Apr 2001.
Student Citizen Fellowship, Indiana Campus Compact, for community-based outreach/research project with Latino youth in South Bend, IN, 2000-2001.
Community Outreach Grant, University of Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies, for community-based outreach/research project with Latino youth in South Bend, IN, 2000-2001.
Undergraduate Intellectual Life Initiative Grant, University of Notre Dame College of Arts & Letters, for thesis paper field research in El Salvador, Jan 2000.
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Grant, University of Notre Dame College of Arts & Letters, for thesis paper field research in El Salvador, Jan 2000.
International Summer Service Learning Program Scholarship, University of Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns, for participation in community-based learning in El Salvador, Jun-Aug 1999.

Publications, Papers & Presentations:
Book Chapters
Señales de cambio: la formación de nuevos imaginarios y prácticas sociales en torno a la migración salvadoreña.” Migración y cambio sociocultural en El Salvador. Universidad de El Salvador (forthcoming).
Journal Articles
Bringing Latin America into US Debates on Latino Immigration: Views from El Salvador. Development 53 (4): Dec 2009.
Thesis Papers
Rethinking Latino Immigration: Modernity/Coloniality and the Geopolitics of Knowledge in the United States. M.A. Thesis, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2007.
Cómo se dice quiero irme en inglés: Influences on the Decision of Male Youth in an El Salvador Community to Emigrate to the United States. Latin American Area Studies Senior Paper, University of Notre Dame, 2001.
Papers & Presentations
Paper, Double Panel Organizer, “Toward a New Framework on Migration and Development for El Salvador: The Role of Cross-border Networks, Migrant Communities and the State.” Latin American Studies Association International Congress, San Francisco, May 23-26, 2012.
Discussant, Roundtable: Migration and Alternative and Non-Capitalist Political Ecologies. The Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Mar 27-31, 2012.
Paper, “The Struggle to Stay Connected: International Migration and ‘Organized Communities’ in El Salvador.” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Nov 19, 2011.
Paper, Panel Organizer, “What Happens after Deportation? Implications of US Immigration Enforcement beyond the US Border.” Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association, Jun 3, 2011.
Paper, Keynote Speaker, “Identidad y sentido de comunidad en la formación de imaginarios y prácticas locales de migración y desarrollo.” Coloquio: migración y cambio sociocultural en El Salvador. Universidad de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador, Oct 21, 2010.
Paper, Event & Panel Organizer, “La criminalización de los migrantes en los Estados Unidos.” Caminos y Retornos: Experiencias de Migración y Deportación de los Salvadoreños. Universidad Centroamericana, San Salvador, El Salvador, Jun 7, 2010.
Paper, Invited, “Re-thinking Migration and Development: The Impact of the Economic Recession on Communities of Migrant Origin in El Salvador.” Latin American Migration: Transnational Perspectives, Regional Realities. UNC-Chapel Hill, Mar 27, 2010.
Paper, “Encounters in the Desert: The Geopolitics of Humanitarian Intervention on Mexico’s Borders.” Latin American Studies Association International Congress. Rio de Janeiro, Jun 12, 2009.
Paper, Invited, “Politics of Migration, Politics of Place: Shifting Terrains in ‘Transnational’ El Salvador.” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, Nov 29, 2008.
Presentation, “Detention and Deportation: Perspectives from the Border.” Community Impacts of Local Policy Responses to Undocumented Immigration. UNC-Chapel Hill, Apr 6, 2008.
Invited Discussant, Film Screening of Al Otro Lado. Addressing the Hard Questions: Community Series on Immigration Issues. Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC-Chapel Hill, Apr 6, 2008.
Paper, “Il/licit Interventions: State, Private, and Civilian Responses to Migration and Deportation on Mexico's Borders.” The UNC-Chapel Hill & Duke Consortium of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Annual Conference. UNC-Chapel Hill, Feb 9, 2008.
Paper, “Eventalizing Perceptions of Latino Immigrants: The Impact of Development, Neoliberalism, and Post 9/11 Security Regimes.” Latin American Studies Association International Congress. Montreal, Sep 6, 2007.
Paper, “Changing the Terms of the Immigration Debate: The Social and Cultural Responses of Latina/os to Immigrant Profiles and Stereotypes” The Third Cumbre of the Great Plains. University of Nebraska-Omaha, Apr 27, 2007.
Paper, “Latina/o Voices & Visibilities in the U.S. Immigration Debate: The Seeds of a De-colonial Shift?” The UNC-Chapel Hill & Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Annual Conference. UNC-Chapel Hill, Feb 10, 2007.
Paper, “Factors Influencing the Emigration of Male Youth in an El Salvador Community.” Kroc Institute Student Peace Conference. University of Notre Dame, March 10, 2001.

Teaching and Research Interests:
Anthropology; Migration; Globalization; Development; Social Movements; Place & Community; Modernity/Coloniality & Geopolitics; Political & Legal Anthropology; U.S. Immigration; Latin America & the Caribbean; Latinos in the U.S.; Central America & Mexico.
Teaching Experience:
Instructor, Latin American Studies Program, UNC-Chapel Hill, assigned for spring 2012. Intro to Latin American Studies.
Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill, fall 2011 to present. The Nature of Moral Consciousness: A Course in General Anthropology.
Co-instructor, Dept. of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2006-2008. UNITAS: Living, Learning, and Taking Action in a Diverse Community (2007-2008, Lead Instructor). UNITAS: Multicultural Living and Learning (2006-2007, Assistant Instructor).
Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2005-2006 Local Cultures, Global Forces (Spring 2006). Anthropology of the Caribbean (Fall 2005).
Teacher, Holy Cross School, Rochester, NY, 2003-2004. Spanish I.
Teacher, Instituto Nacional de San Antonio Los Ranchos, El Salvador, 2002-2003. English as a Foreign Language.
Memberships & Service:
Professional Memberships
American Anthropological Association: Association for Political and Legal Anthropology. Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology El Salvador Anthropologists Network Google Group (coordinator).
Latin American Studies Association: Latino/a Studies Section, Central America Section, Law & Society Association: Citizenship & Immigration Collaborative Research Network.
Society for Applied Anthropology.
Interdisciplinary Working Groups.
Participant, Social Movements Working Group, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2005-present.
Founding Organizer, Salvadoran Migration Studies Working Group, El Salvador 2009-2010.
Student Coordinator (2007-2008) & Participant, Globalization, Modernity/Coloniality and the Geopolitics of Knowledge Working Group, UNC-Chapel Hill & Duke Latin American & Caribbean Studies Consortium, 2005-2008.
Participant, 287 (g) Working Group, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2007-2008.
Participant, Latin American Migration Working Group, UNC-Chapel Hill & Duke Latin American & Caribbean Studies Consortium, 2006-2007.
Participant, The Global Grassroots Working Group, UNC-Chapel Hill & Duke Latin American & Caribbean Studies Consortium, 2005-2006.

Service to Department
Graduate-Undergraduate Student Liaison, Dept. of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2007-2008.
Colloquia Committee, Dept. of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2005-2006.

Languages
English: native language.
Spanish: advanced fluency in speaking, reading and writing.
Brazilian Portuguese: working knowledge.
Yucatec Maya: limited familiarity.

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