Isabel Scarborough

 Isabel Scarborough

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
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I recently defended my dissertation in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Illinois, and I'm set for a December 2011 doctoral degree. My research work is an ethnographic study that examines the lives of two generations of indigenous market women in Cochabamba, Bolivia and how these women practice and imagine the market in the aftermath of neoliberal structural reforms. I have worked in academia in Latin America before my graduate career in the US and am eager to continue promoting activities that help academics on both hemispheres communicate and enrich each other's work. I have published a number of academic pieces in Spanish and my latest research work is now being published in English at peer reviewed journals here in the US. I have a passion for teaching and mentoring students and look forward to communicating my love of anthropology and its usefulness in interpreting our changing world to future generations. 

Research Interests

  • gender, indigenous identity construction, social movements, economic anthropology, and neoliberal governmentality


  • PhD, Sociocultural Anthropology, UIUC, 2011
  • B.A, Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College, 1993


  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Awarded by the Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Academic Year 2010–2011.
  • Due and Ferber International Research Award. Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, UIUC. Academic Year 2006–2007.
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award. Fellowship awarded by the United Stated Department of Education. Academic Year 2007–2008.
  • Joseph B. Casagrande Award for Anthropological Research. Department of Anthropology, UIUC. 2006.
  • Verdell Frazier Young Scholarship Award. Office of Woman’s Programs, UIUC. Academic Year 2006–2007.
  • Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. Awarded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. 2008.
  • Tinker Field Research Award for Graduate Student Research in Latin America and Iberia. Awarded by the Tinker Foundation, through the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Summer 2005.
  • Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS). Awarded for the study of Quechua by the United States Department of Education, through the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UIUC. Academic Years 2004–2005, 2005–2006, and 2006–2007, and Summer 2006.

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Anaya, Lauren, Angela Glaros, Isabel Scarborough, and Nicole Tami Single Parenthood and the PhD Journey Anthropology News 50 6 2009, p. 3-5.
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Scarborough, Isabel M Two Generations of Bolivian Female Vendors Ethnology: An International Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology 49 2 2010, p. 87-104.

Book Contributions

Scarborough, Isabel The Bennett Monolith: Archaeological Patrimony and Cultural Restitution Handbook of South American Archaeology edited by Helaine Silverman, edited by William Isbell. The Bennett Monolith: Archaeological Patrimony and Cultural Restitution Edited by Helaine Silverman, Edited by William Isbell, New York Springer 2008, p. 1089-1101. Springer Press.
Scarborough, Isabel Construyendo identidad cultural y patrimonio en la festividad de la virgen de Urkupiña de Quillacollo Cambio y continuidad en Bolivia: etnicidad, cultura e identidad edited by Nicholas Robins. Construyendo identidad cultural y patrimonio en la festividad de la virgen de Urkupiña de Quillacollo Edited by Nicholas Robins, La Paz, Bolivia Plural Editores/Bolivian Studies Association 2005, p. 119-132.