Robin DeLugan, Ph.D.

University of California, Merced
Associate Professor of Anthropology
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
“The idea of CCREC is ahead of its's research that really values the wisdom of local community members, who are best poised to understand and comment about the realities about the issues they confront in their day-to-day life."

Robin DeLugan is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Merced. She is interested in community building, collective identity and belonging. Her research on postwar nation building in El Salvador traces new attention to historical exclusions, past state violence, and how globalization (including migration) and neoliberalism affect the meaning of national belonging in the 21st century. Her research also looks at indigenous people and nation-state dynamics including contemporary migration from Latin America to California. Dr. DeLugan is co-chair of Community University Research and Action for Justice (CURAJ), a multidisciplinary regional research network that emphasizes engagement with grassroots organizations and local communities in California’s Central Valley. Dr. DeLugan received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Community; Collective identity; The nation-state; Migration and transnationalism; Political anthropology; Indigenous peoples of the Americas; Social memory; Museums; Tourism; Material culture.

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