Linda Seligmann

Linda J. Seligmann is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at George Mason University. She is a specialist in Latin America with research interests in agrarian issues, class, gender, and ethnicity, and the informal economy and markets, especially in the Andean region. She has published Peruvian Street Lives: Culture, Power and Economy among Market Women of Cuzco and Between Reform and Revolution: Political Struggles in the Peruvian Andes, 1969-1991; the edited volumes, The Andean World (with Kathleen Fine-Dare), Women Traders in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Mediating Identities, Marketing Wares, and numerous articles. Seligmann also undertook a research project on family-making through transnational and transracial adoption in the U.S., entitled Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption across Race, Class and Nation. Her current project looks at changes in family farming in the highlands across generations in light of greatly increased demand for Andean indigenous food crops, such as quinoa, the improvement of infrastructure that permits people to move back and forth with ease between their farms and urban centers, and the growing dangers of soil and water pollution that families are confronting because of mining. Seligmann served as Director of the Center for the Study of the Americas at George Mason, was a faculty fellow in Yale University’s Program in Agrarian Studies, and Associate Director of the National Resource Center of Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.