Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology
Claudio Lomnitz is the Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Lomnitz was a Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Committee on Historical Studies at the New School University. He works on the history, politics and culture of Latin America, and particularly of Mexico. Professor Lomnitz received his PhD from Stanford in 1987, and his first book, Evolución de una sociedad rural (Mexico City, 1982) was a study of politics and cultural change in Tepoztlán, Mexico. After that he developed an interest in conceptualizing the nation-state as a kind of cultural region, a theme that culminated in Exits from the Labyrinth: Culture and Ideology in Mexican National Space (California, 1992). In that work, he also concentrated on the social work of intellectuals, a theme that he developed in various works on the history of public culture in Mexico, including Modernidad Indiana (Mexico City, 1999) and Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico: An Anthropology of Nationalism (Minnesota, 2001). Approximately a decade ago he began working on the historical anthropology of crisis and published Death and the Idea of Mexico (Zone Books, 2005), a political and cultural history of death in Mexico from the 16th to the 21st centuries. After that, he initiated detailed historical on exile and ideology in the Mexican Revolution, which culminated in the publication The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón (Zone Books, 2014). His most recent book is a collection of essays titled La nación desdibujada: México en trece ensayos (Ediciones Malpaso, 2016).