Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre

Visiting Faculty, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Ph.D. in Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the political ecology of forest conservation, historical geography, post-statist geographies, the epistemology of geography, and participatory cartography. He has worked with Indigenous Chatino people and campesino communities in Oaxaca, México, regarding local knowledge and understanding of their landscape through their language. Also, he worked with communities on the effects of forest conservation and management programs on land commons, forest commodification, and social differences among these communities. At Brown, he is working on a 1) collaborative feature documentary on carbon offsetting projects in the Chatino region and community members’ links to the forest, 2) co-writing with community members a paper exploring the consequences of environmental conservation over land and forest commons in the community and 3) working with the Hay Special Collections Library to implement the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials.