Brent Metz Dr.

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Primary office:
(785) 864-2631
Fraser Hall, room 631


Professor Metz has focused his research on the changing quality of life and the politics of identity among impoverished Ch'orti'-Maya subsistence farmers in eastern Guatemala and western Honduras, and mestizos in the former Ch’orti’-speaking area of northwestern El Salvador.  He is currently writing a book on the contradictory approaches – deconstructionist vs. activist in particular – to indigenous recognition, for which he uses his research in the former Ch’orti’-speaking region as a point of departure. The digital version of the book will include video pop-ups, dozens of maps, photos, and audio recordings.  The next phase of his career, which he has already begun with the co-founding and service to the Lawrence Centro Hispano, an applied field school in Honduras, and the co-founding of an Engineers Without Borders professional chapter, involves development in the broadest sense, including identity, consciousness raising, technology, health, and political participation.  Besides his Mayan research, he has also undertaken ethnographic research among Mexican-American migrant farmworkers in Michigan, on religious festivals in Seville, Spain, and of agrochemical practices among Costa Rican coffee farmers.


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