Jayne Howell

Jayne Howell

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Title: Professor of Anthropology
Email: Jayne.Howell@csulb.edu
Phone: (562) 985-5192
Office: F03-312

Education History

M.A./Ph.D. in Anthropology, SUNY Stonybrook, 1993


Courses Taught

ANTH 120 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 314 Global Ethnography
ANTH 323 Peoples of Mexico and Central America
ANTH 440/540 Ethnographic Field School
ANTH 490/699 Economic Development in Latin America
ANTH 478 Anthropology and Film
ANTH 498 Internship
ANTH 503 Anthropological Perspectives
ANTH 522 Anthropology of Gender
ANTH 560 Ethnographic Methods


Research Focus and Teaching Specialties

Ethnography, applied anthropology, Latin America, Visual Research: Education and employment, economic development, gender, migration, urban anthropology, tourism, violence, indigenous identity. Areas of Fieldwork: Oaxaca, Mexico, Southern California.



Jayne Howell (Ph.D. 1993, State University of New York at Stony Brook) is  Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of Latin American Studies.  She has conducted research on education, informal and formal employment, cityward migration and urbanization, gender role change, tourism,  social movements, and Isthmus Zapotec women in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.  Her teaching specialties include ethnographic methods, gender, cultures of Mexico and Central America, and student career opportunities.  She was awarded the 2006 Carlos and Guillermo Vigil Prize by the journal Studies in Latin American Popular Culture for her article “Constructions and Commodifications of Isthmus Zapotec Women.” She was co-editor of Practicing Anthropology and a board member of the Society for Applied Anthropology.  She served as secretary and treasurer for the Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) of the American Anthropological Association, and is SUNTA President from 2016-2018.


Selected recent publications:

  • 2017    “Teaching Ethnographic Methods through a Study of Transportation Choices on a California Campus.”  Practicing Anthropology. Co-author K. Chhay (CSULB student).  (October)

    2017    “Getting Out to Get Ahead?: Perspectives on Schooling and Social and Geographic Mobility in Southern Mexico.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.  (May)

    2015    “There’s No Place Like Home?”: Rural Students’ Perspectives on Leaving Home to Study in Oaxaca, Mexico.” Neos 7(2): 6-7.

    2013    Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for the Global Era.  Instructors’ Guide and Test Bank. New York: W.W. Norton Academic Publishing (D. Heying, J. Howell, N. Rattray, et al.)

    2012    “Beauty, Beasts, and Burlas: Imagery of Resistance in Southern Mexico.”  Latin American Perspectives 39 (3):27-50.

    2011    “El Mal Necesario: An Historiography of Tourism, Authenticity and Identity in Late 20th Century Latin America.” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  36(71):249-268.