Jose E. Martinez-Reyes


I am a cultural anthropologist who specializes in Environmental Anthropology/Political Ecology.  My interests include Ethnoecology, Indigenous Peoples, Globalization, Social Movements, Agri-Food Systems,  Social Theory, Environmental Ethics, Socio-spatial Theory, Participatory Methodologies, Mesoamerica, Latin America/Caribbean.  My research focuses the ways that people engage, perceive, and create meanings and knowledge about the environment and how that engagement is influenced by wider networks of power relations (regional, global).  Based on extensive fied research in Quintana Roo, Mexico, I study of the conflicts over the management of resources on a Biosphere Reserve between the Maasewal Maya, local NGO’s, and the State.  A manuscript detailing this research titled “Coloniality of Nature: Place and the Politics of Knowledge in the Maya Forest” is in preparation.  I have also conducted research on community management of forests and the transformations of forest landscape in Puerto Rico.  The book “Paisaje y Disciplina: El Cuerpo Civil de Conservación y los Bosques en Puerto Rico” (Landscape and Discipline: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Forests in PR, co-authored with Manuel Valdés-Pizzini and Michael González) will be published by the University of Puerto Rico Press.  I teach undergraduate courses in introduction to cultural anthropology, environmental anthropology, globalization, and anthropological theory.

Jose E. Martinez-Reyes

Dr. José Eduardo Martínez-Reyes

Assistant Professor

(Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology 2004, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)


   Department of Anthropology

   University of Massachusetts-Boston

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