Josiah Heyman

Center for Inter-American Border Studies - Hawthorne Street House
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Josiah McConnell Heyman
Professor, Sociology and Anthropology - Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (CIBS)
Director, Center for Inter-American and Border Studies
Director, MA, Latin American and Border Studies

Dr. Heyman's research interests include all things that concern borders, and the processes that shape them and pass through them. His three most recent inquiries are regulation of spatial movement generally (building on, but going beyond borders per se), participant observation of engaged/activist anthropology (and lessons thereof), and unequal territorialization and political ecology of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Much of Dr. Heyman's work centers on the presence of and limits to state power at borders. This has connected to a specific focus on migration and mobility (especially the putative state control thereof). It has also lead to a focus on state workers, bureaucratic work processes, societal power and bureaucracies, and so forth. His border and migration work in turn has lead to an active role in public policy, focusing on alternative migration and border policies for the United States. That, in turn, has lead to a long sequence of works on values, advocacy, and social science (applied or engaged anthropology). Dr. Heyman's is also interested in border cultures and complex/dynamic analyses of them, and how such approaches contribute to culture theory generally. He has also worked for many years on anthropology of work, of working classes, household economies (including unpaid/reproductive work within capitalism), and consumption. He contributes modestly to the nascent field of political ecology, and to political economy within anthropology. Dr. Heyman is a student of, and advocate for, the legacy of Eric Wolf in anthropology, and the social sciences and history generally. For copies of any of Dr. Heyman's items, please email jmheyman@utep.edu.


  1. Society
  2. Culture
  3. Anthropology
  4. Borders
  5. Migration
  6. States
  7. Power
  8. Inequality
  9. Working classes
  10. Work
  11. Consumption
  12. Health
  13. U.S.-Mexico border
  14. COVID-19
  15. Applied anthropology
  16. Values and social science
  17. Human rights
  18. Immigration
  19. Border policy
  20. Water
  21. Community-Engaged Scholarship,Community Engagement
  22. Community organizations