VELEZ-IBANEZ, CARLOS / Anthropology / Researchers

International Center for Scientific Research




Professor of Anthropology
Director, Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center
University of California, Riverside,
Riverside, California

Research interests

Academic Area Specializations:
Peoples of North America, especially ethnic and minority groups in the United States and Mexico.
Peoples of the Hispanic Caribbean.

Academic Fields:
Applied Anthropology
Complex Social Organizations
Culture and Education
Ethno-Class Relations in Complex Social Systems
Migration and Adaptation of Human Populations
Political Ecology and Anthropology
Qualitative Methodology
Urban Anthropology

Professor Vélez-Ibáñez's work centers on one basic question: How do we as a species manage to survive the enormous stresses of global, national, regional, and local pressures and constraints to live out our lives in a relatively humane manner. The question has underlain all his academic work in urban Mexico, in the Southwestern United States, and in Puerto Rico. He asks more specific questions about the development of cultural "funds of knowledge" as modifiers at different levels: household, community, region, and in non-physical localities. This interest is also tied to questions of adaptation, the distribution of sadness, the emergence of social networks and language change, economic and technical shifts within the structure of households, and the migration of human populations. Professor Vélez-Ibáñez is also interested in the application of knowledge for the benefit of those populations with whom we work.

Prizes and awards

University Awards:
National Science Foundation Fellow: Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, 1974-1975; 1973-1974.
Advanced Fellowship, Ford Foundation, 1974-1975, 1973-1974, 1972-1973.
National Endowment Fellow in Bilingual Education, Summer, 1972, Summer, 1971.
Regents and University of California Fellowship, 1972.

Professional & Public Awards:
Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology. American Anthropology Association, November 2004.
Bronislaw Malinowski Award. Society for Applied Anthropology, March 2003.
Sol Azteca Award, International Hispanic Awards Committee, La Opinion, February 28, 2003.
Presidential Chair in Anthropology, University of California, Riverside. 2000-2002.
Guest Scholar, Center for U.S. Mexico Studies. University of California, San Diego. 1999-2000.
“Profesor--Investigador, Visitante, “CIESAS/Universidad Iberoamericana. Mexicio City, Feb. 2000.
Border Visions: The Cultures of Mexicans of the Southwest, Outstanding Academic Books in the Social and Behavioral Sciences of 1997, Choice. January , 1998.
100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S. Hispanic Business, October, 1997.
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Palo Alto, California, 1993-94.
Hispanic Professional Action Committee, Man of the Year 1992 Award, Tucson, AZ. 1992
University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Faculty/Administrator Award. Tucson, Arizona, 1987.
Smithsonian Institution Visiting Associates Program. Washington, D.C., 1986.
Fellow, National Research Council (Alternate). 1981-1982.
Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation. 1981-1982.
The Distinguished Phillips Visitor. Haverford College, 1981.

Professional and Honorary Organizations:
Fellow, American Anthropology Association.
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology.
Golden Key, Honorary Member

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Academic Deans
Member, American Ethnological Society.
Member, Southwestern Anthropological Society.
New York Academy of Sciences



Human Rights: The Scholar as Activist. Carol Nagengast and Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez (eds), Washington D.C.: Publications of the Society of Applied Anthropology . Refereed. 2004.

Transnational Latina/o Communities: Politics, Processes, and Cultures. Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez and Anna Sampaio (eds) with Manolo Gonzalez. Boulder: Rowland and Littlefield and Latin American Perspectives Special Volume. Refereed: 2002.

Border Visions: The Cultures of Mexicans of the Southwest United States. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 360 pp. 1st print, December 1996; 2nd print, October 1997, 3rd print, 1999.

Visiones de la Frontera: Las Culturas de los Mexicanos de el Sudoeste de Los Estados Unidos. Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Porrua/Centro de Estudios Superiores en Antropolgia Social /Subsecretaria de Poblacíon y Asuntos Migratorios de la Secretaria de Gobernacíon. Translation by Katia Rheault of Above , Preface by Carlos Monsivais, 1999.

Rituals of Marginality: Politics, Process, and Culture Change in Central Urban Mexico. Berkeley: University of CaliforniaPress. Foreword, Richard N. Adams. 296 pp. 1983. Paperback, First Printing 1991.

La Política de Lucha y Resistencia: Procesos y Cambios Culturales en el Centro Urbano de México, 1969-1974. México, D.F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica. Translation by author with the assistance of Gerardo Bernaché of Above :1991.

Bonds of Mutual Trust: The Cultural Systems of Rotating Credit Associations Among Urban Mexicans and Chicanos. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. Foreword, Eric R. Wolf. 200 pp. 1983.

Lazos de Confianza: Los Sistemas Culturales de Asociaciones Rotativas de Crédito Entre Mexicanos y Chicanos Urbanos. México, D.F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica. Translation by Maria Guadalupe Benítez Toriello of Above :1993.

Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries, Proceedings

The Political ecology of debt among Mexican Colonias in the Southwestern United States. In Livelihood and Microfinance: Anthropological and Sociological Perspectives on Savings and Debt. Hotze Lont and Otto Hospes, eds. Delft, The Netherlands: Eburon Publishers, 2004.

“Introduction: The Scholar as Activist” In Human Rights: The Scholar as Activist. Carol Nagengast and Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez, Washington D.C.: Publications of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Refereed. 2004.

The Commoditization and Devalorization of Mexicans in the Southwest United States: Implications for Human Rights Theory. In Human Rights: The Scholar as Activist. Carol Nagengast and Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez. Washington D.C.: Publications of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Refereed. 2004.

Regions of Refuge in the United States: Issues, Problems and Concerns for the Future of the Mexican Origin Population in the United States to 2050, The 2003 Bronislaw Malinowski Award Lecture. Human Organization, Vol. 63, No 1, Spring, 2004.

Forward, Pledging Allegiance: Learning Nationalism at the El Paso-Juarez Border. Susan J. Rippberger and Kathleen A. Staudt. RoutledgeFalmer: New York, 2003.

“Off the Backs of Others”: The Political ecology of credit, debit, and class formation and transformation among the Colonias of New Mexico and Elsewhere, Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez, G. Nunez and D.Rissolo R.Carson and L.Fernandez, eds. Both Sides of the Border: Transboundary Environmental Management Issues Facing Mexico and the United States. Amsterdam: Kluwer Academic Publishers and IGCC. 2002.

Introduction, Processes, New Prospects, and Approaches, in Transnational Latina/o Communities: Politics, Processes, and Cultures. Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez and Anna Sampaio. . Boulder: Rowland and Littlefield and Latin American Perspectives Special Volume. 2002.

La Migración y Transición Demográfica de los Mexicanos del Sudoeste de los Estados Unidos, Investigación y Ciencia, Spanish edition of the Scientific American. Barcelona, No 278, November:, Invited and Refereed, 1999

Trauma Issues and Social Modalities Concerning Mental Health Concepts and Practices among Mexicans of the Southwest United States with Reference to other Latino Groups. Sr. Author (70% contribution) With Camilo Garcia Para) K. Nader, N. Dubrow, and B.H. Stam, ( Eds.). In Cultural Issues and the Treatment of Trauma and Loss: Honoring Differences. London: Taylor & Francis. Invited and Refereed, 1999.

“Chicano Drivers of Ideas in Anthropology Across Space and Place: The Synergy of Anthropology and Chicano Studies, 1970-1997. “ Occasional Paper No.53. Julian Samoral Research Institute, Michigan State University, July 1998.

Prologo (Preface) to María Angela Rodríguez, Identidad Cultural de Mexicanos y Chicanos en Los Angeles, California. Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Porrua/CIESAS: 1998.


Partial reprint of Chapter 1 of Border Visions: The Cultures of Mexicans of the Southwest United States in Major Problems in Chicano History by Zaragosa Vargas. 1999. Houghton Miffin Company. pp. 20

"The Non-Consenting Sterilization of Mexican Women in Los Angeles: Issues of Psychocultural Rupture and legal Redress in Paternalistic Behavioral Environments." In Twice a Minority. A. Melville, ed. St. Louis: C.V. Mosby Press. 1980. Reprinted in Sex Equality, Catherine A. Mackinnon, ed. Legal Case Studies. New York: Foundation Press. 2001.

"Se Me Acabó la Canción: an ethnography of non-consenting sterilizations among Mexican women in Los Angeles, California." In The Mexican Woman in the United States: Struggles Past and Present. M. Mora and A. del Castillo, eds. Occasional Paper No.2, Chicano Research Center Publications, UCLA. 1980: 71-91. Reprinted in Latina Issues: Fragments of Historia (ella). Antonette S. Lopez, ed. New York: Garland Press: 1999.

“Bwang: ": A Martial Art in the Caroline Islands." In Combat, Ritual, and Peformance: Anthropology of Martial Arts. D. K. Jones, ed. New York: Praeger Publishers, 2002. Originally in Micronesica, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1978, 139-176. Co-author with William A. Lessa.


Book Review. Sometimes There is No Other Side: Chicanos and the Myth of Inequality. (1998)

Rodolfo Acuña. South Bend, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. For The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science: New York: 1999.

Book Review: Water, Culture , & Power: Local Struggles in a Globlal Context. J.M. Donahue & B.R. Rose Johnston., eds. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, For Water Resources Center Archives: Berkeley 1999.

Book Review: Baseball on the Border: A Tale of Two Laredos. (1997) Alan M. Klein. Princeton: Princeton University Press. For American Anthropologist. Vol 100, No 1, March, Invited: 1998.

Book Review: Forgotten People: A Study of New Mexicans. 1940 (1996) . George I. Sanchez. For Ethnohistory,. Vol 44, No. 3, Invited: 1997.

Book Review: A Credit to their Community: Jewish Loan Societies in the United States, 1880-1945. (1992). Shelly Tenenbaum. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. For Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews. 1993.

Books and Work In Process

Pedagogy and Truth: The Policy Politics, Power, and Processes of Bilingualism, Co-editor with Adalberto Aguirre. Expected Completion, 2005, 400pp.

From Adobe to Aluminum: The Anthropology of State Formation and Community Cultural Identity in the Southwestern U.S. Expected completion date: 2006, 400pp.

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