Emiko Saldivar

Emiko Saldivar
Researcher Affiliate
Race in the Americas

Office Location

HSSB 2069


Race in the Americas, Indigenous Mexicanidad in Mexico and the U.S., and Theories of Mestizaje


Ph.D., Sociology: New School for Social Research


Curriculum Vitae

My research concerns racial and inter-ethnic relations, and in particular, the role the state has played in the racial formation of contemporary Mexico and Latin America.  The focus of my work is the historical and cultural analysis of state policies towards indigenous people, policies and programs promoting intercultural relations, multiculturalism and antiracism. My methodological and theoretical focus of my research has shifted somewhat over the years to stress more quantitative methods and analysis and I have dedicated increasing attention to the non-indigenous population. I also have incorporated collaborative research practices into my work. In 2009, along with Prof. Regina Martinez I co-directed the Mexican component of a collaborative research project–The Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America, PERLA, led by Prof. Edward Telles (Princeton)–that surveys four Latin American countries (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) regarding various issues of race and ethnicity.

I also have done applied work in the field of antiracism.  I helped found the Collective to Eliminate Racism in Mexico (COPERA), an organization that seeks to establish an observatory on racism in México.  The mission of COPERA is to establish research collaborations between academia and activist, to promote and further the understanding and recognition of racist practices in Mexico and the elaboration of an antiracist agenda. I am also a founding member of the Antiracist Action Research Network, RAIAR with members in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and USA. This network is composed of scholars, NGOs and other social organizations that share an anti-racist agenda and are interested in fostering collaborative research between academia and activists.


The Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America – PERLA



Colectivo para Eliminar el Racismo – COPERA



Red de Acción e Investigación Anti Racista – RAIAR



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Prácticas cotidianas del estado: una etnografía del indigenismo.

An innovative vision of the State and bureaucracies. One of the few studies of the former National Indigenous Institute (INI) that was in charge of shaping Mexico’s indigenous policies for over 50 years. This study analyses the changing and complex ethnic relations between the state and indigenous people at the turn of the century.



Racismo y otras formas de intolerancia de Norte a Sur en América Latina

El lector encontrará en este libro reflexiones teóricas de estudiosas(os) en el norte, la región andina y el sur de América Latina, que desentrañan formas y relaciones causales del racismo y contribuyen a su análisis y lucha para combatirlo en un tiempo en que surge con violencia en el mundo. Las autoras(es) expresan puntos de vista críticos sobre el racismo y otras formas de intolerancia, proponen estrategias teórico-metodológicas para su comprensión y, en suma, enriquecen las perspectivas de estudio sobre sus especificidades nacionales y regionales


Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America

"Pigmentocracies presents fascinating new findings about racial stratification and attitudes in contemporary Latin America. No other book exists with data like these; no other book can speak directly to the empirical questions addressed in these chapters. A valuable and distinctive contribution to scholarship on race and ethnicity in a major region of the world."?--Mara Loveman, University of California at Berkeley


“It’s not Race, it’s Culture”: Untangling Racial Politics in Mexico. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. Published online: 30 Jan 2014  


 “Everyday Practices of Indigenismo: an Ethnography of Anthropology and the State in Mexico.”Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology  



Indigenous People And The Nation State In The Americas

Anth 113 / Chst 109

Educating The Native

Anth 108 / Chst 126

Race And Ethnicity In The Americas

ANTH 222 /Chst 222

Ethnographic Methods: Studying Race In The Field

Anth 197 Es