Luis A. Vivanco

Curriculum Vitae in Brief



Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Princeton University. 1999.

Thesis: Green Mountains, Greening People: Encountering Environmentalism in Monte Verde Costa Rica.

M.A. Cultural Anthropology. Princeton University. 1995.

A.B. Dartmouth College. June 1991. Major: Religion, modified with Anthropology. Graduated cum Laude.

Current Position

  • Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences. University of Vermont. 1999-present. Awarded tenure 2005.
  • Director, Area and International Studies Program, 2007-present.

Research Interests




Green Encounters: Shaping and Contesting Environmentalism in Rural Costa Rica. Berghahn Books, 2006.

Co-Editor, Tarzan was an Ecotourist...And Other Tales in the Anthropology of Adventure. Berghahn Books, 2006

Co-editor, Talking About People: Readings in Contemporary Cultural Anthropology. McGraw Hill, 2006.


Book Chapters:

Major Research Fellowships and Awards
2006-7 Snelling Center for Government Fellow 2004 Fulbright Award, for six month teaching and research appointment at University of Costa Rica, Master's Program in Social Anthropology, Faculty of Anthropology. 2003 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute. "(Re)Imagining Indigenous Cultures: The Pacific Islands." East-West Center, University of Hawai'i. 1998-9 Minority Dissertation Scholar-In-Residence. UVM Graduate College. Hosting Department: Anthropology. 1997-8 New England Board of Higher Education Minority Dissertation Scholar-In- Residence. UVM. Hosting Departments: Anthropology and Environmental Studies. 1992-7 Princeton University PresidentŐs Fellowship for Graduate Study. 1997 Council on Regional Studies Dissertation Fieldwork Funds. Princeton University. 1995-6 Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Small Grant for Dissertation Resarch. Grant #5921. MacArthur Foundation Grant for Dissertation Research. Center of International Studies, Princeton University. Refunded Summer 1997. Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies Dissertation Research Funds. Refunded Summer 1997. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Funds. Department of Anthropology, Princeton University. 1995 Hanna Grant for Minority Scholars. The Graduate College, Princeton University. 1993-4 Various grants from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Department of Anthropology, Princeton University.
1992 Robert McKennan Prize for Best Undergraduate Paper in Anthropology. Dartmouth College.


I teach courses on the following topics:
Anthropology of Media

The Fourth World: (Re)Imagining Indigenous Cultures

Anthropology of Third World Development

Culture and Global Environmental Problems

Latinos in the U.S.Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

Identity, Politics and Place in a Globalizing Oaxaca (study abroad)

Introduction to Human Cultures

Culture and Globalization

Ethnographic Research Methods

Anthropological Theory

Knowledge and Theory

Senior Seminar

Research Methods (Environmental Studies Program)

Cultural Ecology/Political Ecology

Activist Work and Memberships, at a glance

American Anthropological Association
Society for Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology and Environment Section
Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
Advisory Council, Indigenous Tourism Rights International, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2001-2006
Dialogos: A Forum for Intercultural Encounters, Burlington, VT
Delegate's Assembly, United Academics AAUP/AFT Faculty Union, University of Vermont

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