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Professor of Latin American Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin

Auyero is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long professor in Latin American Sociology at the University of Texas-Austin. His main areas of research, writing and teaching are poverty and marginality, political ethnography, and urban violence. His interest in modern forms of social suffering led him to a collaborative comparative study of contaminated communities in the Americas and, together with a group of graduate student at UT, to an examination of the daily, and often invisible, predicament of those living at the margins of my home town, Austin.

Auyero is the author of Poor People’s Politics (Duke University Press, 2000) Contentious Lives (Duke University Press, 2003), Routine Politics and Violence in Argentina (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Patients of the State (Duke University Press, 2012). Together with Débora Swistun, he co-authored Flammable. Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown (Oxford University Press, 2009). Together with María Fernanda Berti, he co-authored In Harm’s Way. The Uses and Forms of Interpersonal Violence at the Urban Margins (Princeton University Press, forthcoming).


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    Professor of Latin American Sociology, University of Texas at Austin