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Jennifer Cardinal
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Sociology/Anthropology

Jennifer Cardinal is an anthropologist with research and teaching interests in place, space, community, mobilities, development and sustainability. Her current research carries the interest in the relationship between community development and understandings of sustainability among various groups of residents from the site of her dissertation research in coastal Jalisco, Mexico to Richmond, Indiana. Both places are sites of community with a population in continuous cycles of residence- seasonal residents and tourists in the former, and college students and visiting faculty in the latter. Her teaching and research engage with questions about the precarious and fluctuating relationships, practices, and understandings at the intersection of community and environmental, economic and sociocultural sustainability.

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  • Sociology/Anthropology


  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • M.A., University of New Mexico
  • B.A., University of Kansas

Sociocultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Place, Mobilities, Sustainability, Community Development, Tourism, Lifestyle Migration, Mexico

2017 Dissertation, Paradise Found? Local Cosmopolitanism, Lifestyle Migrant Emplacement, and Imaginaries of Sustainable Development in La Manzanilla del Mar, Mexico

Conference Papers:

2017 “Competing Visions of Place: Environmental, Economic, and Sociocultural Sustainability in Coastal Jalisco,” Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, New Orleans, LA, January

2015 “Cosmopolitan Imaginaries and Emplacement in Coastal Jalisco, Mexico,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November

2015 “Processes of Emplacement & Sustainability: Lifestyle Migration and Community Development in Coastal Jalisco, Mexico,” Ruth E. Kennedy Award Public Lecture, UNM Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series, Albuquerque, NM, March

2014 “Lifestyle Migration and Community Development in Coastal Jalisco,” Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, March

2010 “Paradise Unpacked: Cosmopolitan Imaginaries of a Mexican Destination,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November

Roundtables and Workshops:

2017 Roundtable Participant, “Navigating Our Legacies: New Directions in Participatory Ethnographies,” Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, March

2017 Co-facilitator, “Making the Classroom a Safer Space for Diversity Topics and Difficult Dialogues,” sponsored by The University of New Mexico Division of Equity and Inclusion, and Center for Teaching and Learning, with Dr. Jozi De Leon and Baset Haridy, March

2015 Organizer & Moderator, “Community Building: A Roundtable Conversation,” sponsored by The University of New Mexico Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice, March

American Anthropological Association, Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology, Society for the Anthropology of North America, Anthropology & Environment Society, Society for Applied Anthropology, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers

I’m impressed with the sincere engagement with learning I’ve observed among students and faculty at Earlham, and I appreciate the opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration in the classroom and beyond.

Listening to good live music and having adventures in interesting places.

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