Vada Allen Yeomans Professor of Women's Studies
Affiliate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Affiliate Professor, Center for Latin American Studies
University of Florida

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Women's Studies
Latin American Studies

Association for Feminist Anthropology




Florence E. Babb studied at Tufts University (BA Anthropology and French) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (MA, PhD Anthropology) before taking her first teaching job at Colgate University.  From 1982 until 2004, she held a joint appointment in Anthropology and Women’s Studies at the University of Iowa where she served terms as chair of the two departments as well as of programs in international studies.  She completed two major research projects that resulted in the publication of her books, Between Field and Cooking Pot: The Political Economy of Marketwomen in Peru (1989, revised edition 1998) and After Revolution: Mapping Gender and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Nicaragua (2001), both with University of Texas Press.  Her current book project, The Tourism Encounter: Fashioning Latin American Nations and Histories, focuses on the cultural politics of tourism in post-conflict and post-revolutionary areas, including Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. Her articles have appeared in many journals, including American Anthropologist, Cultural Anthropology, American Ethnologist, Identities:  Global Studies in Culture and Power, Ethnology, Journal of Latin American Anthropology, Latin American Research Review, and GLQ. She has edited special issues of Latin American Perspectives and Critique of Anthropology and serves on several national editorial boards.

In January 2005, Babb was appointed as the Vada Allen Yeomans Professor of Women's Studies in the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida.  She has affiliations with the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Latin American Studies, where she served as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board.  Her courses include Sex and the Global City, Feminist Ethnography, Gender and Cultural Politics in Latin America, and Sex, Love, and Globalization.  She is active in the American Anthropological Association and currently serves as the Section Assembly Convenor and as an ex officio member of the Executive Board. She served on the Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology and is Past-President of the Association for Feminist Anthropology. 


                      Books and Recent Edited Journals:

After Revolution - Mapping
 Gender and Cultural Politics
 in Neoliberal Nicaragua, 2001

  Between Field and Cooking
 Pot - The Political Economy of Marketwomen in Peru, 1998

Critique of Anthropology - Special Issue: Autonomy in an Age of Globalization. Vol. 25(3), 2005

 Latin American Perspectives - Special Issue: Gender and Same-
Sex Desire. Vol. 29(2), 2002

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