Emiko Saldivar

Associate Project Scientist

Office Location

HSSB 2069


State and Racial Formation, Mestizaje,  Race and Ethnic Relations, Indigenous,  Afro-descendants and Mestizo population,  Anti-Racism, Mexico and Latin America. 


Ph.D. Sociology. Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, N.Y.

B.A. Sociology. Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Políticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  


Overall my research concerns racial and inter-ethnic relations, and in particular, the role the state has played in the racial formation of contemporary Mexico and Latin America.  The focus of my work is the historical and cultural analysis of state policies towards indigenous people, policies and programs promoting intercultural relations, multiculturalism and antiracism. Since 2010 I have done applied work in the field of antiracism.  I helped found the Collective to Eliminate Racism in Mexico (COPERA), an organization that seeks to establish an observatory on racism and research collaborations between academia and activist, to promote and further the understanding and recognition of racist practices and the elaboration of an antiracist agenda in Mexico. I am also founding member of the Antiracist Action Research Network, RAIAR with members in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and USA. This network is composed of scholars, NGOs and other social organizations that share an anti-racist agenda and are interested in fostering collaborative research between academia and activists.

Currently my research  project: Racial Formations at the end of the multicultural turn: The case of Mexico  explores the closure of Afro-indigenous rights mobilization in a context of pervading multiculturalism and changing forms of racism in Mexico. The project focuses on the contemporary conditions of indigenous and afro-descendant peoples, as they confront substantively new challenges rooted in ongoing social inequality, racial discrimination and limits to effective participation. 



The Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America – PERLA


Colectivo para Eliminar el Racismo – COPERA


Red de Acción e Investigación Anti Racista – RAIAR




2008  Prácticas Cotidianas del Estado: Una Etnografía del Indigenismo Mexico: Universidad Iberoamericana/Plaza y Valdes. 


2014  “It’s not Race, it’s Culture”: Untangling Racial Politics in Mexico. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. Published online: 30 Jan 2014.


2011   “Everyday Practices of Indigenismo: an Ethnography of Anthropology and the State in Mexico.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology



2014   Regina Martinez , Emiko Saldivar y Rene Flores “The Different Faces of Mestizaje: Ethnicity and Race in Mexico” in Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America Ed. Edward  Telles. USA: University of North Carolina Pres.

2012   “Racismo en México: apuntes críticos sobre etnicidad y diferencias culturales.” In Racismos y otras formas de intolerancia de Norte a Sur en AL. Eds. Alicia Castellanos y Gisela Lizaur. Mexico:UAM-I

For more see CV.




Indigenous People And The Nation State In The Americas Anth 113 / Chst 109

Educating The Native  Anth 108 / Chst 126

Race And Ethnicity In The Americas ANTH 222 /Chst 222

Ethnographic Methods: Studying Race In The Field  Anth 197 Es