Dr. Christine Eber

Ph.D., State University of New York, 1991; Professor Emerita

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Dr. Eber is a cultural anthropologist whose areas of research include art, drugs, gender, religion, women’s studies, writing about culture, and indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica.

E-Mail: ceber@nmsu.edu


Current Research

Christine Eber’s research is centered in Chiapas, Mexico where she studies the gendered aspects of social change, specifically women’s participation in the Zapatista movement, the weaving cooperative movement, and the Liberation Theology movement of the Catholic Church. She is author of Women and Alcohol in a Highland Maya Town: Water of Hope, Water of Sorrow  which was recently translated into Spanish, and co-editor with Christine Kovic of Women of Chiapas: Making History in Times of Struggle and Hope. Her current book project, The Journey of a Tzotzil-Maya Woman: Pass Well Over the Earth, is the life story of Antonia, an indigenous woman with whom she lived during Ph.D. fieldwork in the 1980s and with whom she has collaborated to assist women’s weaving cooperatives since that time. Professor Eber is a founding member of Las Cruces-Chiapas Connection, a volunteer network that assists weavers to sell their products and that educates consumers about the effects of globalization on indigenous artisans. She is also a board member of the Maya Educational Foundation (www.mayaedufound.org) which seeks support for scholarships for young people in Maya communities of Chiapas, Guatemala, and Belize.

Recent Publications

In Press. The Journey of a Tzotzil-Maya Woman: Pass Well Over the Earth. Austin: University of Texas Press. Forthcoming, November 2011.

In Press. Tell Them What Kind of an Anthropologist You Are! In Frontiers: A Journal of Feminist Studies. Special Issue, Feminist Theory Meets Queer Anthropology: A Tribute to the Work of Liz Kennedy. Spring 2011.

2008 “Border Crossings, From Theory to Practice: Looking for Floriberto” (with Sally Meisenhelder). Practicing Anthropology, December/January issue.

2008 Agua de esperanza, agua de pesar: Mujeres y alcohol en un pueblo Maya de los altos de Chiapas. Spanish translation of Women and Alcohol in a Highland Maya Town: Water of Hope, Water of Sorrow. Guatemala City: CIRMA (Centro de Investigaciones de Mesomerica) and Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies.

2007 “Women and Gender in Mesoamerica.” (with Brenda Rosenbaum). In The Legacy of Mesoamerica: History and Culture of a Native American Civilization (revised and updated edition). Robert Carmack, Janine Gasco, Gary Gossen, editors. Pp. 810-875. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.