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Last Name
Salas Landa
Lafayette College
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Mexico, Latin America, nation and state-building, visual culture, history of anthropology, petrocultures, history of science and technology, patrimony
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About Me

I am a sociocultural anthropologist with regional expertise in Latin America. I work with oral narratives, historical documents, visual records, and material culture to examine processes of state formation, nation-building, and collective remembrance in post-revolutionary and contemporary Mexico. My work is located in the multidisciplinary field of Latin American studies and in the subfields of political anthropology, historical anthropology, and visual anthropology. I completed my undergraduate education in anthropology and archaeology in Mexico before obtaining an MA in museum studies from New York University and a PhD in anthropology with a concentration in Latin American studies from Cornell University. Prior to coming to Lafayette College in 2016, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University.

Recent Publications

2024 Visible Ruins: The Politics of Perception and the Legacies of Mexico’s Revolution. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Referred Journal Articles
2023 (coauthored) “Encountering Lauren Berlant: Cruel and Other Optimisms.” The Geographical Journal 189: 143–160.

2018 “(In)Visible Ruins: The Politics of Monumental Reconstruction in Postrevolutionary Mexico.” Hispanic American Historical Review 98, no. 1:43–76.

2016 “Crude Residues: The Workings of Failing Oil Infrastructure in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico.” Environment and Planning A 48, no. 4: 718–35.

2015 Enacting Agrarian Law: The Effects of Legal Failure in Post-revolutionary Mexico.” Journal of Latin American Studies 47, no. 4: 685–715.

Book Reviews
2019 Review of Framing a Lost City: Science, Photography, and the Making of Machu Picchu, by Amy Cox Hall. Hispanic American Historical Review 99, no. 4 (November): 767–69.

2018 Review of Rubble: The Aftermath of Destruction, by Gastón Gordillo. Hispanic American Historical Review 98, no. 3 (August): 549–550.

2017 “Salas Landa on Bueno,” review of The Pursuit of Ruins: Archaeology, History, and the Making of Modern Mexico, by Christina Bueno. H-Net Reviews (December).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Latin America
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Indigenous Peoples, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Museums, Rebellion & Revolution, Rural & Agrarian History, Science, Technology