Director, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; Professor of Anthropology, CSER and Latino/a Studies, Columbia University
Professor Claudio Lomnitz works on the history, politics and culture of Latin America, and particularly of Mexico. His first book, Evolución de una sociedad rural (Mexico City, 1982) was a study of politics and cultural change in Tepoztlán, Mexico. Following the publication of this book, 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 concentrated on the social work of intellectuals, a theme that he developed in various works on the history of public culture in Mexico.