Anthropology Department

LaShandra SullivanLaShandra Sullivan

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Indigenous social movements, race, multiculturalism, rural/urban frontiers, land rights, kinship, citizenship, development, Brazil, Latin America.

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LaShandra Sullivan (Ph.D., University of Chicago 2013) researches the expansion of agribusiness in Brazil and resulting land disputes with social movements. Her dissertation, titled “‘The Space to Be Ourselves’: Ethnicity, Agribusiness, and Land Conflict in Brazil,” is an ethnography of roadside squatter camps of indigenous and non-indigenous land protesters in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Sullivan analyzes the emergence of these camps with rural economic development—specifically mass displacement of rural inhabitants, casualization of labor, deforestation, and reorganization of politics in recent decades. Her current research also focuses on Afro-Brazilian and Guaraní landless movements in São Paulo. Previous research includes an MA thesis on transformations of state-society relations and the built environment in Gabon with its 1960s petroleum production boom. This project was informed by Sullivan’s prior tenure as the Economic Attaché at the United States Embassy in Libreville, Gabon, whose mission and mandate also covered the separate country of São Tomé and Principe.