Ortiz Policy Fellow Academic Year 2014-2015
Jennifer Cardinal is a PhD Candidate in the University of New Mexico Anthropology Department. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Kansas (2003), and MA in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico (2009). Jennifer’s areas of investigation include anthropology of place, mobilities, community development, tourism, and lifestyle migration. Her dissertation research considers community development in the context of the shifting social and physical landscape of the southern Jalisco coast. Jennifer conducted ethnographic research in the coastal Mexican community of La Manzanilla investigating the relationships between lifestyle migrant participation in community development, and how young Mexican entrepreneurs are positioning themselves as agents of tourism and community development. Her research has been supported by research grants from the University of New Mexico Anthropology Department, Office of Graduate Studies, Graduate Professional Student Association, and the Tinker Foundation and Latin American and Iberian Institute. Cardinal will assist the Anthropology Department Colloquium Committee and facilitate two projects, the Ortiz Center sponsored research paper awards in the spring and present a public anthropology project TBA.