Caroline Yezer, 2006

PhD 2006

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
College of the Holy Cross

Caroline Yezer is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Her work focuses on indigenous rights, political violence, and transitional justice in Peru. Her long-term fieldsite is in Peru’s Ayacucho department, an Andean region that was the epicenter of the country’s internal war, fought between the Peruvian state forces and the Maoist rebels known as The Shining Path. Caroline has published on the politics of memory in Peru’s Truth Commission, the crisis of indigenous citizenship in Ayacucho, and the conflict between village governance, women’s rights and demilitarization. Her coedited book Formas del Recuerdo: Etnografías de Ayacucho (Shapes of Memory: Ethnographies of Political Violence in Peru) was published by the Institute for Peruvian Studies in Lima in Fall of 2013. Her latest research is on Peru’s drug war, including the suspension of civil rights in the drug emergency zone, and the parallel rise of indigenous politics, and coca grower movement in Ayacucho and Pichari, Cusco. She is currently revising manuscripts on the recovery of village memories of the first wave of Shining Path guerrillas in rural Peruvian schools, and the effect of neoliberalism on Peru’s indigenous rights laws. Her funding and awards include the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Weatherhead Dissertation Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace. 

Specialties: Latin America, Quechua, indigenous peoples, human rights, transitional justice, war on drugs, violence and war, militarization, coca, illicit economies, social movements, born-again Christianity