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Jasper Vanhaelemeesch

M.A. candidate in anthropology and development, KU Leuven

Residency: September 2014 – January 2015

Research Project: Mexico in the 'lime-light'

Research Interests: anthropology and development, border studies and the U.S.-Mexican borderlands, globalization and postcolonial studies, migration, political and economic anthropology, trans- and post-nationalism


Jasper Vanhaelemeesch is a Belgian master’s degree candidate at KU Leuven pursuing an advanced M.A. in cultures and development studies. His prior academic training includes an M.A. in western literature and a B.A. in literature and linguistics (English, Spanish and Portuguese). This literary training formed the basis for a broader critical outlook on society and its structures, leading to his interest in the interdisciplinary study of anthropology and development. His current research focuses on the U.S.-Mexican border, contemporary transnational and globalization processes, and the links between the Mexican lime business and organized crime.

Interview with Jasper Vanhaelemeesch


"Mexico in the limelight: Neoliberalism, organized crime and sustainable agricultural development" (PDF)
Dec. 8, 2014, U.S. District Court, San Diego features USMEX fellow Jasper Vanhaelemeesch