Department Head, Professor of Anthropology
ANTHROPOLOGY; Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Professor of LAS Global Studies
Center for Global Studies
Andrew Orta (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1996) is a sociocultural anthropologist with research specializations in Bolivia, where he has conducted ethnographic research with Aymara communities since 1989. His most recent research there focuses on the impact of processes of neoliberal political decentralization on the reproduction of local community institutions and identities. Another recent project examines the internationalization of business curricula in the United States through ethnographic research with MBA students and faculty.
- Orta, Andrew. Catechizing Culture: Missionaries, Aymara and the “New Evangelization”. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.
- "Area Studies." Theory in social and cultural anthropology. SAGE Publications, 2013.
- "Ethnography: South America : Highlands." Handbook of Latin American Studies. 2010.
- "Misioneros y municipios: la inculturación y la descentralización política en el altiplano boliviano." San Juan Diego y la Pachamama: Nuevas vías del catolicismo y de la religiosidad indígena en América Latina. Ed. Alessandro Lupo and Félix Báez-Jorge. Veracruz, MX: Editorial de la Universidad Veracruzana, 2010. 370-422.
- Orta, Andrew. "Dusty signs and roots of faith: the limits of Christian meaning in highlands Bolivia." Christian Ritual and the Limits of Meaning. Ed. Matt Tomlinson and Mathew Engelke. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2006. 165-188.
- Orta, Andrew. "From theologies of liberation to theologies of inculturation: Aymara catechists and the second evangelization in highlands Bolivia." Organized religion in the political transformation of Latin America. Ed. Satya R. Pattnayak. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1995. 97-124.
- Orta, Andrew. "Cultures of Capitalism, Contexts of Capitalism (Response to Karen Ho)." American Ethnologist 41.1 (2014): 38-39.
- Orta, Andrew. "Margins of difference: MBA training and the “value chain of culture” ." American Ethnologist 40.4 (2013): 689-703.
- Orta, Andrew. "Forged Communities and Vulgar Citizens: Autonomy and its Límites in Semineoliberal Bolivia." Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 18.1 (2013): 108-133.
- Orta, Andrew. "Catechists at the Crossroads: Neo-Catholicism, neoliberalism and the shifting sociopolitical landscape of Aymara life." Politics and Religion 2.2 (2008): 99-120.
- Bashkow, Ira, Matti Bunzl, Richard Handler, Andrew Orta, and Daniel Rosenblatt. "Introduction." American Anthropologist 106.3 (2004): 433-434.
- Orta, Andrew. "The promise of particularism and the theology of culture: the limits and lessons of "neo-Boasianism"." American Anthropologist 106.3 (2004): 473-487.
- Orta, Andrew. "Burying the past: Locality, lived history, and death in an aymara ritual of remembrance." Cultural Anthropology 17.4 (2002): 471-511.
- Orta, Andrew. "'Living the past another way:' Reinstrumentalized missionary selves in aymara mission fields." Anthropological Quarterly 75.4 (2002): 707-743.
- Orta, Andrew. "Remembering the ayllu, remaking the nation: Indigenous scholarship and activism in the Bolivian Andes." Journal of Latin American Anthropology 6.1 (2001): 198-201.
- Orta, Andrew. "Syncretic subjects and body politics: doubleness, personhood, and Aymara catechists." American Ethnologist 26.4 (2000): 864-889.
- "Converting difference: missionaries, metaculture and the politics of locality." Ethnology 37.2 (1998): 165-185.