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Anthony Jerry

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar, UC San Diego

Residency:< September 2015 – August 2016

Research Project: Politics of Race and Citizenship on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Research Interests:theorizing citizenship, investigating the effect that regional discourses of race have on citizenship practices and overall access to citizenship


Anthony Jerry is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar at UC San Diego. He is a graduate of San Diego State University, where he earned a B.A. in anthropology and a master’s in applied anthropology. Jerry also holds a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Illinois Urbana—Champaign. In 2011, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct his dissertation research, which explored how black and indigenous Mexicans mobilize race as a means of access to national citizenship(s) within the confines of the state-endorsed multicultural political arena.  

His dissertation explores the idea that logic of difference, based on colonial logics of race and belonging, limits the potential value and use of race and ethnicity as effective political tools toward a project of full citizenship. Jerry’s work ethnographically investigates how these logics are explicitly challenged by grassroots organizations to provide alternatives to government approaches to recognition and representation. His work also calls attention to the ways colonial legacies of race, ethnicity and culture define the current value of these “commodities” within the neoliberal, multicultural state and can therefore be traded in a limited number of ways.