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Ana Juarez

Associate Professor | RetiredDr. Ana Juarez, Cultural Anthropology
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1996
Phone: (512) 245-7838
Office: ELA 228

Research Areas: Race and Ethnicity, Gender; Ethnohistory; Hispanic, Mexican American, Latino/a, Maya, and Latin American Studies; Cemetery and Funerary Practices; Borderlands Theory; Critical Cultural Studies; Tourism; Globalization

Most of my research has focused on tourism and globalization among Mayas in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico, especially in terms of gender, marriage, ethnoracial formation, and ecology (1989-2009). I expect to continue research In this area when I finish my cemetery book.

Beginning in 2003, I began to focus my research on Mexican Americans, first on sexuality and later on cemeteries and funerary practices in central Texas. I am currently finishing up the research for a book that uses a local cemetery as a way to understand how Mexican Americans created a place, along with a sense of citizenship and belonging, within a society marked by extreme poverty and ethnoracial discrimination during the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to documenting the social and cultural history of the cemetery, book chapters will show how funerary and grave decorating practices have changed over time, and will analyze the text and iconography of the grave markers.

Select Publications

Dr. Juarez, Are All The Women Still White - Texas State Applied AnthropologyJuárez, Ana M., Stella Beatríz Kerl-McClain and Susana L. Gallardo. “Theoretical Shifts in the Analysis of Latina Sexuality: Ethnocentrism, Essentialism, and the Right (White) Way to be Sexual,” in Are All the Women Still White? Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms, Janell Hobson (ed.), p.107-132. State University of New York Press. 2016


Juárez, Ana M. and Marta Salazar. “Commercializing Death and Desegregating Gender: Twentieth Century Funerary Practices in Central Tejas and the Border.Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social 9 (2): 98-139. 2010

Kerl, Stella and Ana Juárez. "Sexuality Across the Life Span," in Diversity and Development: Critical Contexts that Shape our Lives and Relationships, Dana Comstock, ed.. Wadsworth Publishing. 2005.

Juárez, Ana. “La lucha continúa: mayas e inmigrantes en la era turística de Tulum.” Temas Antropológicos (Revista Científica de Investigaciones Regionales) 25 (1-2): 31-76. 2003.

Juárez, Ana and R. Jon McGee. "A Maya Version of the Adam and Eve Story." Latin American Indian Literatures Journal 19 (1): 1-18. Spring 2003.

Juárez, Ana and Stella Kerl. “What is the Right (White) Way to be Sexual? Reconceptualizing Latina Sexuality.Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 28 (1): 7-37. Spring 2003.

Juárez, Ana. “Ecological Degradation, Global Tourism, and Inequality: Maya Interpretations of the Changing Environment in Quintana Roo, Mexico.” Human Organization 61 (2): 113-124. Summer 2002

Juárez, Ana. “Ongoing Struggles: Mayas and Immigrants in Tourist Era Tulum.The Journal of Latin American Anthropology 7 (1): 34-67. Spring 2002.

Juárez, Ana. “Four Generations of Maya Marriage: What’s Love Got to Do with It?Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 22 (2): 131-153. 2001.

Previous Cemetery Projects: Student and Community Collaborations

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:

ANTH 3324: Mexican American Culture
An examination of the history and culture of Mexican Americans with an emphasis on the analytical concepts of culture, race, class, and gender. Lectures, films, and selected readings (including chapters from anthropological and literary books and journals) will be used to portray the diversity of Mexican American experiences in this country. Topics include religion, politics, economy, identity politics, popular culture, sexuality, marriage and the family.

ANTH 3350: Gender and Sexuality in Cross Cultural Perspective
This course examines historical and contemporary issues related to gender and sexuality from a global, cross-cultural perspective. It will focus on cultural constructions of gender and sexuality, including gender stratifications, biology and evolution, families and kinship, work, sex work, diverse sexualities, media representations, and domestic and sexual violence.

ANTH 4361: Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology
This course teaches students how to conduct field research in cultural anthropology. Topics include research ethics, problem formulation, participant observation, interviewing, and other techniques for data collection and analysis. Students will conduct their own field research project under the instructor's supervision.    

Graduate Courses:

ANTH: 5311: Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
A survey of current research in cultural anthropology.

ANTH 5324: Mexican American Culture
This course examines the history and cultural practices of Mexican Americans, with a special emphasis on race, class, gender, and sexuality. Topics include historical heritage and transculturation, discrimination, organizations, activism, activism, zoot suits, lowriders, gangs, coloñias, families, marriage, quinceañeras, machismo, domestic violence, gays and lesbians, religious practices, and the arts.

ANTH 5350: Gender and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective
This course examines the relationships between women and men in societies around the world. (Stacked course with ANTH 3350)