This post builds on the research article “Mexican Genomics and the Roots of Racial Thinking,” which was published in the August 2013 issue of the Society’s peer-reviewed journal, Cultural Anthropology.
About the Author
John Hartigan is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Racial Situations: Class Predicaments of Whiteness in Detroit (Princeton, 1999), Odd Tribes: White Trash, Whiteness and the Uses of Cultural Analysis (Duke, 2005), What Can You Say? America’s National Conversation on Race (Stanford 2010), and Race in the 21st Century: Ethnographic Approaches (Oxford 2010). He recently edited Anthropology of Race: Genes, Biology, and Culture, based on a seminar he chaired "Rethinking Race and Science: Biology, Genes, and Culture" at the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He expanded this field research in Mexico to additionally focus on botanical gardens in Spain. This project will be the subject of his forthcoming book, Care of the Species: Cultivating Biodiversity in Mexico and Spain (Minnesota, 2015). His blog, Aesop’s Anthropology, reflects on multispecies dynamics broadly.