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Kirstin Erickson

Kristin Erickson

Associate Professor, Director of Latin American and Latino Studies

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin 2000

U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Latin American and Latino Studies

Native American Studies

Memory Culture

Cultural Productions

Religious Studies

Cultural Tourism

Performance and Narrative

Politics of Representation

Kirstin Erickson is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Arkansas. She teaches courses on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Religion in Latin America, Race and Gender in Latin America, Performance and Narrative Theory, Social Theory, and Native American Studies.  Dr. Erickson’s first book, Yaqui Homeland and Homeplace: the Everyday Production of Ethnic Identity (2008) is based on ethnographic fieldwork that she conducted with northern Mexico’s Yaqui Tribe from 1996 through 2003.  Yaqui Homeland and Homeplace examines the ways in which gendered and ethnic identities articulate with Yaqui (Yoeme) history, memory culture, landscape narratives, and senses of place. Her articles about Yaqui culture and narrative have been published in various journals, including the Journal of American Folklore, Western Folklore, and Anthropology and Humanism.  In her latest research project, Dr. Erickson’s focus has shifted to Latino culture and identity in the Southwest. She is currently at work on a book manuscript in which she explores the cultural production and negotiation of Hispano “heritage” in New Mexico. She conducts fieldwork with Hispana artists in Santa Fe and in the historically Hispano community of Chimayó, where she studies vernacular religion, cultural tourism, arts activism, the organization of a community museum, and other self-representative practices.


"Yaqui Homeland and Homeplace: The Everyday Production of Ethnic Identity"


Yaqui Homeland and Homeplace: The Everyday Production of Ethnic Identity.  University of Arizona Press (2008).


"They will come from the other side of the sea: Prophecy, Ethnogenesis, and Agency in Yaqui Narrative."  Journal of American Folklore 116 (462): 465-482, Fall 2003.

"Moving Stories: Displacement and Return in the Narrative Production of Yaqui Identity." Anthropology and Humanism 28 (2): 139-154, Winter 2003.

"Lonely Ranchers, Solitary Students and Angry Governors: Personal Vulnerability and Community Conflict in Yaqui Emotion Talk."  Western Folklore 68(1): 27-48 (2009).

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 1023 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • HUMN 2124H Honors Humanities Project (20th Century)
  • ANTH 3213 Indians of North America
  • ANTH 3423 Language and Expressive Culture
  • ANTH 3903 Race and Gender in Latin America
  • ANTH 4263 Identity and Culture in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  • ANTH 4363 Museums, Material Culture, and the Popular Imagination
  • ANTH 5153 Applications of Cultural Method and Theory
  • ANTH 6813 Performance, Narrative and Identity

Selected Recent Presentations

Culinary Epistemologies: Food, Memory and Desire in Hispano Northern New Mexico. Paper presented at American Folklore Society. New Orleans, Louisiana. October 2012.


Performing Hispano Heritage: Vernacular Religion and Identity in Northern New Mexico. Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies. Park City Utah. March 2012.


Las Colcheras: Spanish Colonial Embroidery and the Inscription of Heritage in Contemporary Northern New Mexico.  American Folklore Society. Bloomington, IN. October 2011.


Yaqui Rites of Memory: Sacred Space, Women’s Labor and Cultural Persistence in Two Ceremonies for the Dead. Invited lecture; Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.  Keynote lecture for the Hokkaido University Museum Exhibition, “Indigenous People of the Border: The Yaqui.” Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies. February 11, 2011.


Power of the Stranger: Yaqui Performance and Spiritual Struggle in the Colonial Moment. Paper presented at the American Folklore Society annual meeting, Nashville, Tennessee. October 2010.


Tiny Crosses in the Desert: Religious Encounter, Conversion Narratives, and Yaqui Symbolic Mediation. Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies. Boulder, CO. April 2010.