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Faculty Fellow, Colby College

Nell Haynes is a Faculty Fellow in Anthropology at Colby College. Her research addresses themes of gender & indigeneity in Latin America. Specifically she is interested in the ways that notions of who counts as "authentically indigenous" become expressed through and troubled by popular culture and media. Nell earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at American University in 2013 with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University in Anthropology and Theater. Nell has previously worked in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at Northwestern University, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Georgetown University, and University College London. Nell is author of Social Media in Northern Chile (2016) and co-author of How the World Changed Social Media (2016), now the most read e-book on JSTOR. Nell is currently working on her second book, based on fieldwork in La Paz, Bolivia. The book explores how the pop culture spectacle of lucha libre, featuring women as chola characters, reflects and contributes to current debates over the nature of indigeneity in Bolivia. Nell has also published in a number of edited and co-authored books, as well as prestigious academic journals. Her courses concentrate on Indigeneity, Latin America, gender & sexuality, linguistic anthropology, performance, media, popular culture, borders, & migration.


  • 2019–present
    Faculty Fellow, Colby College


  • 2013 
    American University, PhD, Anthropology