2009.  Touristic Narratives and Historical Networks: Politics and Authority in Tiwanaku, Bolivia.


1999. Making the World ‘Authentic’ for Tourists: The Transformation of Llama Meat into Bolivian Food.  Masters Thesis, Department of Anthropology.  University of Chicago.

1998. Folklore, Food, and Seeking National Identity: Urban Legends of Llama Meat in La Paz, Bolivia.  Contemporary Legend (1):21-54.  Winner of the 1997 David Buchan Student Essay Prize. [DOWNLOAD AS PDF]

1995. La carne de llama: alta viabilidad, baja visibilidad.  Co-authored with Lisa Markowitz.  In Waira Pampa: Un sistema pastoril camélidos-ovinos del altiplano árido boliviano.  Didier Genin, Hans-Joachim Picht, Rodolfo Lizarazu, Tito Rodriguez, eds.  La Paz: ORSTOM/IBTA.  Pp. 195-206.

1995. The Negotiation of Ethnic Identity: Multifaceted Images of Llama Meat in La Paz, Bolivia. A.B. Honors Thesis, Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology.  Harvard College.



2008. Indigenism, Indigenous Politics, Archaeology, and Ritualized Reporting: How the Solstice Became a Bolivian Ritual. Presented at the Heritage Cities workshop. Collaborative for Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices (CHAMP), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. March 7.

2008. The Ajayu of Capitalism: Subsistence, Risk, and Witchcraft in a Tourist Economy. Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University. Jan. 30.

Selected Conference Papers

2007.  Daily Bread for the Dead: Feeding the Deceased at a Highland Bolivian Todos Santos.  Presented at the panel “Delectable Death: Intersections of Cuisine and the Beyond.”  American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.  Washington D.C. November 28.

2007.  From Science to Celebration: Tiwanaku and the (Re-)Emergence of the Aymara New Year, 1930-2004.  Presented at the Workshop of Science, Technology, Society and the State, University of Chicago.  March 7.

2006.  Local Calendars, Touristic Timing: The Shift from Equinox to Solstice in Tiwanaku, Bolivia.  Presented at the panel “Whose Culture Is It Anyway? Identity and Representation in the Context of Ethnic and Heritage Tourism.”  American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.  San José, California. November 16. 

2005.  Kiosk Conflicts: Factionalism and Alliances in a Highland Bolivia Tourist Economy. Presented at the panel “States of Nature, States of Violence: ‘Resources’ and Factionalism in Bolivia.”  American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.  Washington D.C.  December 4.

2000. Trans-Local Trajectories of Andean Foods: The Intersection Between Tourism and Cuisine.  Paper presented at The Ethnography of Global Processes: Methodologies for Studying Local, National, and Trans-National Linkages.  University of Chicago.  May 12.

2000. Quinoa: Patenting the Ancient Food of the Future.  Case study presented at the Regional Worlds 1999-2000 Winter Colloquium: Diasporas, Minorities and Counter Geographies.  University of Chicago.  January 21.



2008. Trading Roles: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Urban Economy in Colonial Potosí by Jane E. Mangan (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2005). Gastronomica 8(2): 93-94.

2007. Political Ecology in a Yucatec Maya Community by E.N. Anderson with Aurora Dzib Xihum de Cen, Feliz Medina Tzuc, and Pastor Valdez Chale (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2005).  Gastronomica 7(1):114-115.

2003. Salt: White Gold of the Ancient Maya by Heather McKillop (Gainsville: University Press of Florida, 2002). Gastronomica 3(3).