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Lynn Stephen

Professor of anthropology, University of Oregon

Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

Research Project: Remembering Mexico: Emotion and Testimony in Elena Poniatowska’s Crónicas

Research Interests: Immigration, Asylum, Gendered Violence, Social Movements, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Testimony


Lynn Stephen is a Philip H. Knight Chair, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, professor of anthropology and a participating faculty member in ethnic Studies, Latin American studies, and women’s and gender Studies at the University of Oregon (UO). She founded the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at UO. She is president of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) from June 1, 2018- June 1, 2019. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Brandeis University.

Under contract with Duke University Press, her research project asks what roles do testimony and testimonial reading and writing play in creating emotional connection across time and generations and in influencing historical memory? Her book on Poniatowska’s crónicas (often described as testimonial narratives) addresses how contemporary crónica writing and publishing intersect with key political events in Mexico (repression, social movements, indigenous rebellions, earthquakes) through the creation of emotional connections wrought not only through the act of narration but also through its extension to a wider public who can identify with the experience and are moved by it.