Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York  
American Studies

O. Hugo Benavides, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology (at Rose Hill)
Chair of the Department

B.A., Queens College;
M.A., Hunter College;
Ph.D., City University of New York, 1999

Office: Dealy Hall 402E
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458-9993
Phone: (718) 817-3869
Fax: (718) 817-3846

Research Interests
Social Theory, historical and national production, sexuality and identity, Latino politics, Latin America.


2008. Drugs, Thugs, and Divas: Telenovelas and Narcodramas in Latin America. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Read a press interview with the author about this book.

2006. The Politics of Sentiment: Imagining and Remembering Guayaquil. Austin: University of Texas Press.

2004. Making Ecuadorian Histories: Four Centuries of Defining Power. Austin: University of Texas Press.

 Articles 2012. "Our Ancestors the Incas: Andean Warring over the Conquering Pasts.” Pp. 127-141 in The Heritage of War, edited by Martin Gegner and Bart Ziino. New York: Routledge.

2011. “Indigenous Representations of the Archaeological Record: Spectral Reflections of  Postmodernity in Ecuador.” Pp. 156-180 in Indigenous Peoples and Archaeology in Latin America, edited by Cristóbal Gnecco and Patricia Ayala Rocabado. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

2010. “Shades of the Colonial.” Pp. 235-239 in Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology, edited by Uzma Rizvi and Jane Lydon. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

2009. “Disciplining the Past, Policing the Present: The Postcolonial Landscape of Ecuadorian Nostalgia,” Archaeologies 5(1):134-160.

2009. “Translating Ecuadorian Modernities: Pre-Hispanic Archaeology and the reproduction of      Global Difference.” Pp. 228-248 in Cosmopolitan Archaeologies, edited by Lynn Meskell. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

2009. “Narratives of Power, The Power of Narratives: The Failing Foundational Narrative of the      Ecuadorian Nation.” Pp. 178-196 in Contested Histories in Public Space: Memory, Race, and Nation, edited by Daniel J. Walkowitz and Lisa Maya Knauer. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

2009. “The Recovery of Archaeological Heritage in the Ecuadorian Andes: Ethnography, Domination, and the Past.” In Ethnographies and Archaeologies: Iterations of the Past, edited by Lena Mortensen,and Julie Hollowell. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

2008. “Historical Disruptions in Ecuador: Reproducing an Indian Past in Latin America.” Pp. 132-143 in Cultural Heritage and Human Rights, edited by Helaine Silverman and D. Fairchild Ruggles. New York: Springer.

2008. ”Archaeology and Development.” Pp. 1088-1093 in Encyclopedia of Archaeology. Vol. 2, edited by Deborah Pearsall. New York: Academic Press.

2008. “Archaeology, Globalization and the Nation: Appropriating the Past in Ecuador.” Pp. 1063-1072 in Handbook of South American Archaeology, edited by Helaine Silverman and William Isbell. New York: Springer.

"Anthropology's Native Conundrum: Uneven Histories and Development." Critique of Anthropology 24(2):159-178.

2003. "Seeing Xica and the Melodramatic Unveiling of Colonial Desire." Social Text 21(3 76): 109-134.

2002. "The Representation of Guayaquil's Sexual Past: Historicizing the Enchaquirados." Journal of Latin American Anthropology 7(1):68-103.

2001. "Returning to the Source: Social Archaeology as Latin American Philosophy." Latin American Antiquity 12(4):355-370.
Courses Taught
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Introduction to Archaeology; Race, Class and Gender; Latin America and the Caribbean; Post-Colonial Theory; Comparative Cultures; Popular Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean; Television and Popular Culture in the US; Community Service and Social Action (SeniorSeminar); Latin American Cultural Politics; Social Theory in Anthropology; Vampires and Kinship: Blood Tales of Modernity; Race in the Americas; Zombies, Commodities, and Capitalism

Development and Cultural Change; National Identity and Development; Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture; Post-Colonial Developments; Media, Identity and Development; Latin American and Latino Cultures

London Summer Program
The Politics of the Supernatural: Horror in the British Empire; Writing the Empire: Haunting, Tradition and Warfare

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