John Ben Soileau III

 John Ben Soileau

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
Sociocultural Anthropology
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Research Interests

  • Environmental and Political Anthropology, Quilombos, Forest-based Communities, Environmental Justice, Rural Well-being, Brazil, Amazonia, Latin America

Research Description

I have research interests in environmental governance, territorial politics, and rural well-being. I've explored these themes with Quilombo (maroon) communities in Brazilian Amazonia since 2012. My dissertation research examines the socio-political entailments of quilombo legal recognition and how these articulate with traditional forms of community reproduction and environmental management. I also serve as the Brazilian Partnership Coordinator for The Minga Foundation, a non-profit that collaborates with underserved communities to improve socio-economic and health equity.


  • MA - Latin American Studies. Tulane University
  • BA - Anthropology. University of New Orleans

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