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Catching Up with Professor Sanford

March 10, 2010


Professor Victoria Sanford

On leave from the Anthropology Department, Professor Victoria Sanford is spending the 2009-2010 academic year as a visiting scholar at Columbia University's Center for International Conflict Resolution and is continuing her research on feminicide and social cleansing in Guatemala.

This week she is an invited participant at an academic symposium in Berlin about violence in Latin America. Last month, an extensive article appeared in the Guatemalan newspaper Diario Centroamerica about both her work and her new book on Panzos, the municipality that was the site of the 1981-83 genocide. Earlier in the month, she gave a lecture at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in which she discussed the many recent murders in Guatemala that have not been prosecuted and called the situation there "a culture of impunity." See her interview with FGCU student journalists.

In her research, Professor Sanford applies anthropological and archaeological methods to obtain evidence about past human rights violation. She has conducted extensive research in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and South Africa and won several fellowships, awards, and honors, including the Early Career Award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence of the American Psychological Association and a Fulbright Research/Teaching Award from the Fulbright Association of Colombia. Last spring, she won the esteemed 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.