Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
American Studies

O. Hugo Benavides, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology (at Rose Hill)
Director, Latin American and Latino Studies Program

B.A., Queens College;
M.A., Hunter College;
Ph.D., City University of New York, 1999

Office: Dealy Hall 402E
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458-9993
Phone: (718) 817-3869
Fax: (718) 817-3846

Research Interests
Social Theory, historical and national production, sexuality and identity, Latino politics, Latin America.


2008. Drugs, Thugs, and Divas: Telenovelas and Narcodramas in Latin America. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Read a press interview with the author about this book.

2006. The Politics of Sentiment: Imagining and Remembering Guayaquil. Austin: University of Texas Press.

2004. Making Ecuadorian Histories: Four Centuries of Defining Power. Austin: University of Texas Press.

 Articles 2012. "Our Ancestors the Incas: Andean Warring over the Conquering Pasts.” Pp. 127-141 in The Heritage of War, edited by Martin Gegner and Bart Ziino. New York: Routledge.

2011. “Indigenous Representations of the Archaeological Record: Spectral Reflections of  Postmodernity in Ecuador.” Pp. 156-180 in Indigenous Peoples and Archaeology in Latin America, edited by Cristóbal Gnecco and Patricia Ayala Rocabado. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

2010. “Shades of the Colonial.” Pp. 235-239 in Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology, edited by Uzma Rizvi and Jane Lydon. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

2009. “Disciplining the Past, Policing the Present: The Postcolonial Landscape of Ecuadorian Nostalgia,” Archaeologies 5(1):134-160.

2009. “Translating Ecuadorian Modernities: Pre-Hispanic Archaeology and the reproduction of      Global Difference.” Pp. 228-248 in Cosmopolitan Archaeologies, edited by Lynn Meskell. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

2009. “Narratives of Power, The Power of Narratives: The Failing Foundational Narrative of the      Ecuadorian Nation.” Pp. 178-196 in Contested Histories in Public Space: Memory, Race, and Nation, edited by Daniel J. Walkowitz and Lisa Maya Knauer. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

2009. “The Recovery of Archaeological Heritage in the Ecuadorian Andes: Ethnography, Domination, and the Past.” In Ethnographies and Archaeologies: Iterations of the Past, edited by Lena Mortensen,and Julie Hollowell. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

2008. “Historical Disruptions in Ecuador: Reproducing an Indian Past in Latin America.” Pp. 132-143 in Cultural Heritage and Human Rights, edited by Helaine Silverman and D. Fairchild Ruggles. New York: Springer.

2008. ”Archaeology and Development.” Pp. 1088-1093 in Encyclopedia of Archaeology. Vol. 2, edited by Deborah Pearsall. New York: Academic Press.

2008. “Archaeology, Globalization and the Nation: Appropriating the Past in Ecuador.” Pp. 1063-1072 in Handbook of South American Archaeology, edited by Helaine Silverman and William Isbell. New York: Springer.

"Anthropology's Native Conundrum: Uneven Histories and Development." Critique of Anthropology 24(2):159-178.

2003. "Seeing Xica and the Melodramatic Unveiling of Colonial Desire." Social Text 21(3 76): 109-134.

2002. "The Representation of Guayaquil's Sexual Past: Historicizing the Enchaquirados." Journal of Latin American Anthropology 7(1):68-103.

2001. "Returning to the Source: Social Archaeology as Latin American Philosophy." Latin American Antiquity 12(4):355-370.
Courses Taught
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Introduction to Archaeology; Race, Class and Gender; Latin America and the Caribbean; Post-Colonial Theory; Comparative Cultures; Popular Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean; Television and Popular Culture in the US; Community Service and Social Action (SeniorSeminar); Latin American Cultural Politics; Social Theory in Anthropology; Vampires and Kinship: Blood Tales of Modernity; Race in the Americas; Zombies, Commodities, and Capitalism

Development and Cultural Change; National Identity and Development; Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture; Post-Colonial Developments; Media, Identity and Development; Latin American and Latino Cultures

London Summer Program
The Politics of the Supernatural: Horror in the British Empire; Writing the Empire: Haunting, Tradition and Warfare

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