Liliana Goldín, PhD
Professor of Social Work; Faculty Fellow, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research; Faculty Fellow, Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health
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Dr. Goldin received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1977 and a PhD in anthropology from The University at Albany, State University of New York in 1986, where she subsequently joined the departments of Anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies as a faculty member. At Albany, she served as chair of the department of Latin American and Caribbean studies and director of the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies. She moved to Florida International University, Miami, where she was a professor and director of Graduate Studies in the department of Global and Sociocultural Studies. She joined the Silver School of Social Work at NYU in 2011. She has published numerous articles in academic journals and is the author of Procesos Globales en el Campo de Guatemala (FLACSO Guatemala, 2003); Global Maya: Work and Ideology in Rural Guatemala (University of Arizona Press, 2009); and Identities on the Move: Transnational Processes in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin (Institute for Mesoamerican Studies and University of Texas Press 2000).
In her research, she explores the processes of economic and cultural change and the ways in which the mostly indigenous Maya populations of the western and central highlands of Guatemala cope with poverty and marginality and make sense of the changes they have been experiencing in the context of national and global transformations. She has worked with communities involved in agriculture oriented to internal markets and international exports, petty industrial producers of western style clothes, and wage workers in apparel maquiladora industries. In her book Global Maya, Dr. Goldín shows how people re-evaluate their attitudes towards the economy in the context of diverse practices and globalization. For the past five years she has been conducting NSF-funded research on the impact of job turnover in the Korean owned maquilas of Guatemala on individuals and households and how families are affected by and adjust to job loss. Her most recent publications address turnover as a form of resistance by indigenous workers to exploitative conditions in international factories as they cope with poverty and limited employment opportunities. She is working on modeling labor options and employment strategies of young Maya in contemporary highland towns.
- Goldín, Liliana. Global Maya. Work and Ideology in Rural Guatemala. University of Arizona Press, 2009.
- Goldín, Liliana. Procesos Globales en el Campo de Guatemala. Opciones Económicas y Transformaciones Ideológicas. FLACSO, (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), Guatemala, 2003.
- Goldín, Liliana, Editor. Identities on the Move: Transnational Processes in North America and the Caribbean Basin. Albany: Institute of Mesoamerican Studies and University of Texas Press, 2000.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- Goldín, Liliana. Labor Turnover among Maquila Workers of Highland Guatemala: Resistance and Semiproletarianization in Global Capitalism. Latin American Research Review. Forthcoming, Fall 2011.
- Goldín, Liliana. Cansados, Flexibles y Desesperanzados. Trabajadores en las Maquilas Rurales de Guatemala. TRACE, Special Issue, Mexico, 2009.
- Goldín, Liliana and Brenda Rosenbaum. Everyday Violence of Exclusion. Women in Precarious Neighborhoods of Guatemala City, In: Mayas in Post-war Guatemala: Harvest of Violence Revisited, Walter Little and T. Smith, editors, University of Alabama Press, 2009.
- Goldín, Liliana and Walter Little. Transnationalism and The political economy of Mesoamerica. In: Legacy of Mesoamerican Civilization: History and Culture of a Native American Civilization, Robert Carmack, Janine Gasco and Gary Gossen, editors, pp.347-378. Prentice Hall, 2007.
- Goldín, Liliana, Brenda Rosenbaum and Samantha Eggleston. Women's Participation in Non Government Organizations: Implications for Poverty Reduction in Precarious Settlements of Guatemala City, In press, City and Society,18(2) pp.260-287, 2006.
- Goldín, Liliana. "Labor Ideology in International Factories of Rural Guatemala," Latin American Perspectives Vol.32(5), 2005.
- Goldín, Liliana. "Maquila Age Maya: Changing Households and Communities of the Central Highlands of Guatemala." pp. 30-54. Journal of Latin American Anthropology, 6:1, 2001.
- Goldín, Liliana and Linda Asturias de Barrios. "Perceptions of the Economy and Non-Traditional Agricultural Exports in the Central Highlands of Guatemala." Culture and Agriculture 23(1): 19-31, 2001.
- Goldín, Liliana. "The See-Saw of Production. Economic Mobility in Petty Industrial Workshops of Highland Guatemala." Maya Past, Maya Present, edited by John Weeks, pp.125-140, Labyrinthos, 2001.
- Goldín, Liliana. "Identities in the (Maquila) Making: Guatemalan Mayas in the World Economy," in Identities on the Move: Transnational Processes in North America and the Caribbean Basin, Liliana Goldín, editor, pp. 151-168. IMS and University of Texas Press, 1999.
- Goldín, Liliana. "Transnational Identities: The Search for Analytic Tools," in Identities on the Move: Transnational Processes in North America and the Caribbean Basin, Liliana Goldín, editor, pp. 1-12. IMS and University of Texas Press, 1999.
- Goldín, Liliana. "Rural Guatemala in Economic and Social Transitions" in Globalization and the Rural Poor in Latin America, William M. Loker, editor. Lynne Rienner Publishers, pp.93-110, 1999.
- Goldín, Liliana. "Fabricando Identidades. Mayas y Ladinos en la Producción Industrial" Estudios Sociales No.59 pp.57-65, Guatemala, 1998.
- Goldín, Liliana. "Structural Adjustment Policies and New forms of Market Participation in Rural Latin America" in Politics, Social Change, and Economic Restructuring in Latin America. William C. Smith and Roberto P. Korzeniewicz, editors. North-South Center Press and Lynne Rienner Publishers, pp.105-122, 1997.
- Goldín, Liliana and Brent Metz. "Invisible Converts to Protestantism in Highland Guatemala," Crosscurrents in Indigenous Spirituality. Interface of Maya, Catholic and Protestant Worldviews. Edited by Guillermo Cook. E.J.Brill: Leiden, pp. 61-80, 1997. (Reprinted from "An Expression of Cultural Change: Invisible Converts to Protestantism Among Highland Guatemala Mayas." Ethnology 30:325-338, 1991).
- Goldín, Liliana. "Models of Economic Differentiation and Culture Change." Journal of Quantitative Anthropology 6:49-74, 1996.
- Goldín, Liliana. "Economic Mobility Strategies Among Guatemalan Peasants. Prospects and Limits of Nontraditional Vegetable Cash Crops." Human Organization, 55(1): 99-107, 1996.
- Goldín, Liliana. "The Cultural and Political Economy of Mesoamerica" In: The Legacy of Mesoamerican Civilization, R. Carmack, J. Gasco and G. Gossen, editors, Prentice Hall, pp. 353-378, 1996.
- Goldín, Liliana and María Eugenia Saenz de Tejada. "Uneven Development in Western Guatemala," Ethnology, vol.32(3): 237-252, October 1993.
- Goldín, Liliana and Brenda Rosenbaum. "Culture and History: Subregional Variation Among the Maya." Comparative Studies in Society and History 35(1):110-132, 1993.
- Goldín, Liliana. "Work and Ideology in the Maya Highlands of Guatemala: Economic Beliefs in the Context of Occupational Change." Economic Development and Cultural Change 41:103-124, October 1992.
- Goldín, Liliana. "Social and Symbolic Topography of the Traditional Trader of Western Guatemala," Mesoamerica, 16:287-310, 1988.
- ín, Liliana. "The 'Peace of the Market' in the Midst of Violence: A Symbolic Analysis of Markets and Exchange in Western Guatemala," Ethnos, 52(3-4):368-383, 1987.
- 2009 Wenner Gren Conference Grant to support panels on economic development for the 70th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
- 2009 NSF pre-doctoral grant awarded to Courtney Dowdall. Goldín/Dowdall.
- 2007 National Science Foundation. Research Initiative for Graduate Students. Funds to support a graduate student to conduct research in Guatemala. Summer 2007. $5,000.
- 2006 National Science Foundation. "Turnover in the international factories of rural 2008 Guatemala: Impact on individuals and households," BCS-0548481, $151,000.
- 2001 NSF pre-doctoral grant awarded to Stephen Selka. Goldín/Selka BCS-0109146
- 1998 Collaborating Scientist, IPM CRSP Funded by USAID to Virginia Tech. Economic and 1999 Socioeconomic Impact Assessment of Non-traditional Crop Production Strategies in Small Farm Households in Guatemala.
- 1993 National Science Foundation. Career Advancement Award: "Application of Quantitative Methods to Social Anthropology." DBS 9252720, $54,000
- 1992 Center for Social and Demographic Analysis. State University of New York, Albany. Center Associate's Grants. Summer stipend to develop a proposal entitled "Economic and Cultural Change in Western Guatemala".