University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Anthropology

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Andrew Orta

Professor of Anthropology
ANTHROPOLOGY; Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Professor of LAS Global Studies
Center for Global Studies

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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.



Book Contributions

  • "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.

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