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Nikola JohnsonCohort 2016


  • BA, History & Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, 2014


  • Critical Race Studies
  • Anthropology of Citizenship
  • Urban Indigeneity in Latin America
  • Anthropology of the State 

Nikola’s dissertation research is concerned with examining how peri-urban residents articulate what constitutes belonging in a nation grounded in their experiences of social inequality and forms of community participation. Their doctoral research is based on ethnographic research conducted in peri-urban neighborhoods in Santiago, Chile.

They seek to examine what forms of mutual survivorship emerged as Mapuche and Chileans migrants from the countryside worked together over a period of decades to establish viable neighborhood communities during the Pinochet Dictatorship (1973-1990) and subsequent transition to democracy. They hope to investigate what role, if any, has mutual survivorship played in helping neighborhood residents articulate multiple visions of how social and political life should be organized in Chile, against the national government’s neoliberal vision of Chile.

Advisor: Dr. Nugent