Lecturer for the Department of Communication, UC San Diego
Residency: January 2014 – June 2014
Research Project: Landscapes of Contemporary Yucatan
Research Interests: governance and crisis, space production, sustainable development, tourism, urban informality
Matilde Cordoba Azcarate recently joined the Department of Communication at UC San Diego as a lecturer (2013). She received her Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2007) where she has been an assistant professor since 2005.
Her recent research explores tourism as a neoliberal project, space production and community development in Southern Mexico, where she is currently exploring the production of spatially and politically diverse landscapes of consumption and hybrid governance structures from the perspective of those who cater for tourism. This research draws on comparative ethnographic case studies from inland and coastal communities in the Yucatan Peninsula with whom she has carried out fieldwork since 2001. Her research is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation National Reserach Plans (2002-2015) and the Fulbright Post-doctoral Program (2010-2012) among other institutions.