Walter E. Little

Walter E. Little is a cultural anthropologist who conducts ethnographic research in Guatemala and Mexico with attention to identity politics and political economy, through the exploration of Kaqchikel and K’ichee’ Mayas’ livelihoods as artisans and vendors in urban heritage sites. His monograph Mayas in the Marketplace: Tourism, Globalization, and Cultural Identity (2004) won Best Book of 2005 from the New England Council for Latin American Studies; his coedited volume Street Economies in the Urban Global South (2013) won the Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize in 2014.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Anthropology, University at Albany, State University of New York

Education

  • 2001 
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Cultural Anthropology

Publications

  • 2018
    The Practices and Politics of Heritage in Antigua Guatemala, Anthropological Quarterly 91(4)
  • 2015
    Urban Economies and Spatial Governmentalities in the World Heritage City of Antigua, Economic Anthropology. 2(1): 42-62
  • 2014
    Police and Security in the World Heritage City of Antigua, Guatemala, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. 19(3): 396-417
  • 2014
    Façade to Street to Façade: Negotiating Public Spatial Legality in a World Heritage City, City & Society 26(2): 196-216
  • 2013
    Street Economies in the Urban Global South, School for Advanced Research
  • 2009
    Mayas in Postwar Guatemala: Harvest of Violence Revisited, University of Alabama Press
  • 2006
    La ütz awäch? Introduction to the Kaqchikel Maya Language, University of Texas Press
  • 2004
    Mayas in the Marketplace: Tourism, Globalization, and Cultural Identity, University of Texas Press

Professional Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
  • Society for Economic Anthropology
  • Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology