Dr. Daniel Goldstein is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Latin American Studies program at Rutgers University. A political and legal anthropologist, he studies the effects of political democratization, economic globalization, and the law on poor, indigenous residents of a Bolivian city, exploring the often unintended consequences of global processes for the daily lives of these people. Ethnographic research in Bolivia enables Goldstein to theorize about the lives and cultures of marginalized urban peoples in contemporary global society. Currently, his work focuses on problems of insecurity for urban residents and market vendors in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and the impacts of crime and violence on local lives and livelihoods. Dr. Goldstein’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, among others. He is the author of numerous articles and a book, The Spectacular City: Violence and Performance in Urban Bolivia, published by Duke University Press.
Areas of Expertise: Latin America, Democracy, Violence, Indigenous People, Social Movements, Urban Life, Human Rights