The Department of Sociology and Anthropology welcomes a new faculty member. Dr. Livia (Liv) Stone (Anthropology [cultural]) earned her Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on purposeful cultural and social change. Dr. Stone is especially interested in how people use media production as a political and social practice.
Her ongoing research concerns a social movement very famous in Central Mexico, the Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra (The People’s Front in Defense of Land), and their varied political projects. Because of (among other things) their successes in defending their agricultural lands from commercial development, and their relationships with myriad transnational anti-capitalist social movements, dozens of documentary films have been made about the Frente and their struggles. Dr. Stone’s research followed the practices and activism of documentary filmmakers who participate in the Frente and how they use those films as part of their political goals. She is currently working on a book project that follows the Frente and its allies into the YouTube era of political video and places their struggles in a comparative perspective with other Mexican and transnational anti-capitalist movements.