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Ron Loewe

Title: Professor
Phone: (562) 985-5034
Office: F03-324

Education History

PhD, University of Chicago, 1995 MA, University of Illinois, 1983 BA, Earlham College, 1979


Courses Taught

ANTH 436 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 323 Peoples of Mexico and Central America
ANTH 205I Radical Social Analysis
ANTH 353 Health and Healing
ANTH 417/517 Applied Anthropology
ANTH 505 Practicing Anthropology
ANTH 120 Introduction of Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 498 Senior Thesis
ANTH 597 Directed Reading
ANTH 697 Directed Research

Research Focus and Teaching Specialties

I did my dissertation research in Maxcanu, Mexico. Maxcan is a mestizo community of approximately 15,000 inhabitants in the northwestern part of Yucatan. I conducted most of my research on diabetes mellitus at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.



My research on Yucatan covers the period between 1935 and the present, and examines the Integration of Maya villagers into a modernizing Mexican nation. As such, my research looks at economy at henequen workers. In examining these processes I describe the ways in which Maya have resisted acculturation and proletarianization through a variety a variety of expressive forms including myth, dance, adn spritism. See Maya or Mestizo: Nationalism, Modernity and its Discontents (University of Toronto Press).


Selected Publications



  • Loewe, R. Making Maya into Mestizo: Nationalism, Modernity and its Discontents. University of Toronto Press. September 15, 2010




  • Loewe, R. 2009. Maya Reborn, Reviews in Anthropology. 38(3):1-26 [Invited review article]
  • Loewe, R. and Sarah Taylor. 2008 “Neoliberal Modernization at the Mexican Periphery: gender Generation and the Construction of of New, Flexible Workforce. Urban Anthropology Volume 37, Number 3-4, Fall and Winter, 2008, pp. 357-392