Julia Smith received her MA (on interpreting household archaeology for the Classic Maya) and PhD (on small-scale coffee farmers in southern Costa Rica) from the University of Pittsburgh after receiving her bachelors degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt University. She’s done extensive fieldwork in Costa Rica and Mexico, with brief projects in Honduras and Nicaragua. Her recent work has focused on the restructuring of conventional and alternative coffee markets, especially the Fair Trade market. She’s particularly interested in how changing market opportunities and the social relations embedded within them affect the way that people think about coffee, about their relationship with consumers, and about the environment.
Courses: ANTH 401 Anthropological Research Methods; ANTH 357 Peoples of Latin America; ANTH 366; ANTH 366 Revolution and Development in the Third World; ANTH 455 Archaeology of Meso-America
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