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James McDonald (anthropology)

Dr. James McDonald is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Montevallo.  He earned a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.A. from the University of Arizona.

Dr. McDonald is an applied cultural anthropologist with 30 years of fieldwork experience in rural Mexico and the Maya Western Highlands of Guatemala.  Much of his research centers on problems concerning rural development, inequality, globalization, power, governance dynamics, and the anthropology of higher education.  He has published two books and a number of articles that have appeared in journals including Human Organization, Critique of Anthropology, and Mesoámerica.  His co-edited volume, Crisis of Governance in Maya Guatemala: Indigenous Responses to a Failing State (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013), won the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Knudson Latin American Prize.  He was also a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the School of Governance and Economics in Rabat, Morocco.

Additionally, Dr. McDonald served as Provost at the University of Montevallo, as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Southern Utah University, and in a variety of administrative positions at the University of Texas at San Antonio ranging from Department Chair to Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Support.

See Dr. McDonald’s CV here.