Cultural Anthropology

Kirstin C. Erickson

Kirstin C. Erickson

Director of Fulbright Honors Program

Associate Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-2509

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Kirstin Erickson is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Arkansas. She teaches courses on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Religion in Latin America, Race and Gender in Latin America, Performance and Narrative Theory, Social Theory, and Native American Studies.  Dr. Erickson’s first book, Yaqui Homeland and Homeplace: the Everyday Production of Ethnic Identity (2008) is based on ethnographic fieldwork that she conducted with northern Mexico’s Yaqui Tribe from 1996 through 2003.  Yaqui Homeland and Homeplace examines the ways in which gendered and ethnic identities articulate with Yaqui (Yoeme) history, memory culture, landscape narratives, and senses of place. Her articles about Yaqui culture and narrative have been published in various journals, including the Journal of American Folklore, Western Folklore, and Anthropology and Humanism.  In her latest research project, Dr. Erickson’s focus has shifted to Latino culture and identity in the Southwest. She is currently at work on a book manuscript in which she explores the cultural production and negotiation of Hispano “heritage” in New Mexico. She conducts fieldwork with Hispana artists in Santa Fe and in the historically Hispano community of Chimayó, where she studies vernacular religion, cultural tourism, arts activism, the organization of a community museum, and other self-representative practices.

*ANTH 1023/H – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

*ANTH 3213 – Indigenous Peoples of North America: Anthropological Perspectives

*ANTH 3423 – Language and Expressive Culture

*ANTH 3553 – Religion in Latin America

*ANTH 4263 – Identity and Culture in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

*ANTH 4363 – Museums, Material Culture, and the Popular Imagination

*ANTH 4903 – Race and Gender in Latin America

*ANTH 4903 – Pilgrimage, Heritage, and Tourism: Anthropological Perspectives

*ANTH 5153 – Applications of Cultural Method and Theory

*ANTH 6813 – Performance, Narrative, and Identity

*HUMN 2124H – Honors Humanities Project (20th Century)

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin


Inscribing Heritage: Cultural Production, Vernacular Religion and the Politics of Representation in Northern New Mexico. Book project, in progress.

Yaqui Homeland and Homeplace: The Everyday Production of Ethnic Identity.  University of Arizona Press (2008).


Las Colcheras: Spanish Colonial Embroidery and the Inscription of Heritage in Contemporary Northern New Mexico. Journal of Folklore Research 52(1): 1-37. (Spring 2015)

"Lonely Ranchers, Solitary Students and Angry Governors: Personal Vulnerability and Community Conflict in Yaqui Emotion Talk."  Western Folklore 68(1): 27-48 (2009).

“Paisajes Encantados: Memoria, Sentido de Lugar e Identidad en la Narrativa Yaqui.” Translated by: Luis Fernando Restrepo. Cuadernos de Literatura, Bogotá 11(22):32-45. (enero-junio 2007)

"They will come from the other side of the sea: Prophecy, Ethnogenesis, and Agency in Yaqui Narrative."  Journal of American Folklore 116 (462): 465-482, Fall 2003.

"Moving Stories: Displacement and Return in the Narrative Production of Yaqui Identity." Anthropology and Humanism 28 (2): 139-154, Winter 2003.

Book and Exhibition Reviews:

The Yaquis and the Empire: Violence, Spanish Imperial Power, and Native Resilience in Colonial Mexico, by Raphael Brewster Folsom. American Historical Review 121(1): 289-290. (Review published: February 2016)

Exhibition Review: Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico. October 24, 2014–January 3, 2016, curated by Karen Duffy. Museum Anthropology Review 9 (1-2): 106-108. (Review published: 2015)

Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys, by Ruth Behar. Journal of Folklore Research Reviews. (Review published: May 28, 2014)

We Will Dance Our Truth: Yaqui History in Yoeme Performances, by David Delgado Shorter. American Anthropologist. 112(4): 682-683. (Review published: 2010)