Anthony Dest

Visiting Instructor

Office: Anthropology 218A. Office hours Tuesday 2:00 - 4:00pm.



  • PhD, Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin, 2019
  • Graduate Certificate, Armed Conflict and Peace, La Universidad de los Andes, Columbia, 2010
  • BA, Political Science & Latin American Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2008


My research analyzes how black and indigenous communities struggle for autonomy and self-determination throughout the Americas. My ethnographic work is primarily concerned with the blurred distinctions between peace and war in the aftermath of the 2016 Peace Accords between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). As such, I am concerned with understanding how racism, capitalism, and patriarchy shape nation-state formation in Latin America. I have received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Inter-American Foundation, and Fulbright to support my research. My areas of specialization include: social movement theory; racism and anti-racism; violence; peace and conflict studies; activist research methodologies; ethnography; and Latin American political thought.