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Asst. Professor of Anthropology
Photo not avaialble   Beth Baker-Cristales
Office: KH C4036
Phone: (323) 343-2443
FAX: (323) 343-2446
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Beth Baker-Cristales joined the anthropology department at CSULA in 2002. Her primary areas of interests include globalization, international migration and transnationalism, ethnicity and nationalism, the state, and urban anthropology. Geographically, her areas of interest include Latin America and the United States. She has done fieldwork in Southern Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, New York, and Southern California. Dr Baker-Cristales is author of Salvadoran Migration to Southern California: Redefining El Hermano Lejano (University Press of Florida, 2004). Dr. Baker-Cristales is the Associate Director of the Latin American Studies Program at CSULA.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Baker-Cristales teaches the Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Gender Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Social Organization, Globalization and Cultural Change, Peasant Cultures of Middle America, Peoples of South America, Urban Anthropology, and the Graduate Seminars in Anthropological Theory and Analysis among other classes. In all her classes, she makes extensive use of ethnography and often requires her students to do fieldwork. Dr. Baker-Cristales is dedicated to helping undergraduate and graduate students develop individual research programs and acquire the research and data analysis skills necessary to enter a career in cultural anthropology.

Research Interests

Dr. Baker-Cristales’s research interests include Salvadoran migration to Southern California, Latin American hometown associations and community development, ethnic identity formation and ethnic relations in Southern California, gender and migration, globalization and the state, political identities and political organizing, social movements, and change in Latin America and the U.S.

In addition, Dr. Baker-Cristales has worked with community organizations in Southern California developing transnational development projects and she has served as a consultant to the United Nations Office of Human Development in El Salvador.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Anthropology 1999
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

M.A. Anthropology 1991
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

B.A. Liberal Arts 1989
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY


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