Department of Anthropology
Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington 98225-9083
360/650-3615; 650-7668 fax
Teaching and Professional Experience
2000 – Present Professor, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University
2006 – 2007 Distinguished Teaching Colleague, Fairhaven College
1993-2000 Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University
1994-1997 Director, Center for International Studies & Programs, Western Washington University
1989-1993 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University
1988-1989 Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA
1986-1989 Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, and Council on Educational Development, University of California, Los Angeles
1986-1989 Executive Director, IXIM: Integration of Indigenous Maya, Los Angeles
1988 Lecturer, Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine
1987-88 Instructor, Immaculate Heart College Center, Los Angeles
1981-84 Staff Research Associate, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, and Dept. of Community and Family Medicine, University of California, San Diego
1979-1981 Research Associate, Juarez and Associates, Los Angeles
1988 Ph.D., Anthropology; University of California, Los Angeles
1975 M.A., Anthropology; University of California, Los Angeles
1973 B.A., Anthropology; Haverford College, major at Bryn Mawr College
Teaching and Research Interests
Latin American issues
Human rights & humane borders
Child and community well being
North American and world border regions: transboundary policy research relating to sustainability, equitable communities, and humane migration and border policies
Guatemala: indigenous responses to globalization, rural economic strategies, changing socialization and roles of children, legacies of exploitation, Maya migration
Immigrant America: changing dynamics of immigrant community development, diaspora politics; family functioning, educational goals, and ethnic identity; legacies of solidarity/sanctuary; Los Angeles
Grants, Awards and Consulting
1985-2016 Consultant on immigration, diversity and human rights issues: for attorneys, immigration and juvenile courts, media, school districts
1994-2015 Sabbatical awards, Western Washington U: 1994, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015
2012 Philip E. Sharpe, Jr, Community Engagement Award, Western Washington University
2011 Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. Fund for the Arts, cultural exchange.
1990-2015 Bureau for Faculty Research, Western Washington University: 14 research awards
2006 Spatial Analysis in Social Science Curriculum, NSF Summer Workshop, UC-Santa Barbara
1996-2001 Project director: “Environment Has No Borders: U.S.-Canada-Mexico Trilateral Exchange”, U.S. Department of State, University Affiliations Program
2001 Alberta Summer Research Institute, sponsored by Province of Alberta and Gov. of Canada
1998-2000 Project director: “Assessing International Education at Western Washington University”, Association of International Educational Administrators
1999 Fulbright Scholar Award: Universidad Nacional de Salta, Argentina
1995 Fulbright Scholar Award: South America Today – Argentina, Brazil, Peru
1991-1995 Asylum Officers Training, Immigration and Naturalization Service: facilitated cross-cultural communication workshops in Washington DC, California, New Mexico
1994 Fulbright-Canada and Fulbright-Mexico, “Border Demographics and Regional Interdependency” – grantee
1994 “Leadership and Identity,” Newberry Library, Chicago – seminar participant
1993 Summer Institute in Comparative Anthropological Research, National Science Foundation and University of California at Irvine – seminar participant
1991-1993 National Endowment for the Humanities, “Indians and Europeans in the Americas,” Columbian Quincentennial Series – co-grantee
1990-1991 University of California, Pacific Rim Research Program: “The Flow of Trade, Capital, and Labor in the Pacific Rim Garment Industry” – co-grantee
1989-1990 Department of Labor: contract researcher on impacts of U.S. immigration laws on labor relations and working conditions in several Los Angeles industries
1988-1989 National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Post-Doctoral Fellowship
1986-1989 Central American immigrant agencies in Los Angeles: consultant on needs assessments, human rights documentation, cultural resource management
1986-1987 Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles: contract fieldworker on new Latin American immigrants
1985 Food Policy and Nutrition Division, Food and Agricultural Organization, United Nations, Rome: consultant on energy expenditure and caloric needs of Latin American children
1981-1984 U.S.-Mexico border: ethnographic research on educational practices of Mexican-origin families, home-school linkages, community-based child health and educational curriculum
1979-1981 New York City and Corona, California: longitudinal ethnographic study and multivariate assessment of bilingual-multicultural Head Start models
1978-1980 National Science Foundation, Research Fellowship
1977 American Ethnological Society, Elsie Clews Parsons Award
- National Institute of Mental Health, Research and Training Fellowship
Publications *Refereed **Invited
Books and Monographs
n.d. Maya America: Transcultural Dynamies and Intergenerational Realities. (under review)
2012* Ho, C. G. T., and Loucky, J. Humane Migration: Establishing Legitimacy and Rights for Displaced People. Sterling, VA: Kumarian/Lynne Reinner.
2008* Loucky, J., Alper, D. K., and Day, J. C. eds. Transboundary Policy Challenges in the Pacific Border Regions of North America. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
2006 James Loucky, Jeanne Armstrong, Lawrence Estrada, eds. Immigration in America Today: An Encyclopedia. Westport CN: Greenwood. (author of entries on: adoption, emigration, employer sanctions, expedited entry and removal, families, food, global origins – Latin America & the Caribbean, human smuggling, informal economy, international accords, racism, religion, temporary protected status, U.S.-Canada border, work)
2003* J.G. Nelson, J.C. Day, Lucy Sportza, James Loucky, Carlos Israel Vasquez, eds. Protected Areas and the Regional Planning Imperative in North America. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
2000* James Loucky and Marilyn Moors, eds. Maya Diaspora: Guatemalan Roots, New American Lives. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
1988 Children’s Work and Family Survival in Highland Guatemala. UCI Microfilms.
1981 James Loucky and Margo Hurwicz, eds. Mayan Studies: The Midwestern Highlands of Guatemala. Anthropology UCLA 11. Los Angeles: University of California.
1979 Christine Ho and James Loucky, eds. Urban Diversity: Anthropological Research in Los Angeles. Anthropology UCLA 9. Los Angeles: University of California.
1976 James Loucky and J. Jones, eds. Paths to the Symbolic Self: Essays in Honor of Walter Goldschmidt. Anthropology UCLA 8. Los Angeles: University of California.
2014* (with Heyman, J., and Fischer, N). Immigrants and immigration. In The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization. M. Parker, G. Cheney, V. Fournier and C. Land, eds. Pp. 135-150. New York: Routledge.
2013* Indigenous Migrations: The Emergence of Maya America. In The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Immanuel Ness, ed. Blackwell.
2008* Day, J. C., Loucky, J., and Alper, D. K. Policy challenges in North America’s Pacific border regions: an overview. In Transboundary Policy Challenges in the Pacific Border Regions of North America. Loucky, J., Alper, D. K., and Day, C. J., eds. Pp. 1-9. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
2008* Loucky, J., and Alper, D. K. Pacific borders, discordant borders: where North American edges together. In Transboundary Policy Challenges in the Pacific Border Regions of North America. Pp. 11-37. Loucky, J., Alper, D. K., and Day, C. J., eds. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
2008* Cristobal Mendoza and James Loucky. Recent trends in Mexico-U.S. Border demographics. In Transboundary Policy Challenges in the Pacific Border Regions of North America. Loucky, J., Alper, D. K., and Day, C. J., eds. Pp. 39-61. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
2005* Vecinos distantes, relacion inevitable: Las fronteras norteamericanas analizadas desde una perspectiva comparativa. In Fronteras de America del Norte. Alejandro Mercado Celis y Elizabeth Gutierrez Romero, eds. Pp. 97-113. Mexico: Center for Research on North America, National University of Mexico.
2003* J.G. Nelson, J.C. Day, L.M. Sportza, J. Loucky, and C. Vasquez, eds. Overview. In Protected Areas and the Regional Planning Imperative in North America. J.G. Nelson, et al., eds. Pp. 1-21. University of Calgary Press.
2003* John C. Miles and James Loucky. Parks, Protected Areas, and Environmental Education in North America. In Protected Areas and the Regional Planning Imperative in North America. J.G. Nelson, et al., eds. Pp. 134-143. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
2001** Child and Family Well-Being in Settlement Decisions of Guatemalan Maya Women in Los Angeles. In Negotiating Transnationalism: Selected Papers on Refugees and Immigrants, Vol. IX. MaryCarol Hopkins and Nancy Wellmeier, eds. Pp. 182-201. Washington: American Anthropological Association.
2001** The Tz’utujil Maya of Guatemala. In Endangered Peoples of Latin America: Struggles to Survive and Thrive. Susan Stonich, ed. Pp. 153-169. Westport, CN: Greenwood.
2001* Bogin, B., M. Kapell, M.I. Varela Silva, A.M. Orden, P.K. Smith, J. Loucky. How Genetic are Human Body Proportions? In Perspectives in Human Growth, Development, and Maturation. Parasmani Dasgupta and Roland Hauspie, eds. Pp. 205-221. Boston: Kluwer.
2000** El bienestar del niño y la familia en las decisiones de asentamiento de las mujeres guatemaltecas mayas de Los Angeles. In Mujeres en las fronteras: trabajo,migración y salud. Esperanza Tuñón, ed. Pp. 257-276. México: Ecosur-Colef-Colson-Ed., Plaza y Valdés.
2000 Maya in a Modern Metropolis: Establishing New Lives and Livelihoods in Los Angeles. In The Maya Diaspora. James Loucky and Marilyn Moors, eds. Pp. 214-222. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
1996** Central American Refugees: Learning New Skills in the U.S.A. In Contemporary Cultural Anthropology, 5th ed. Michael Howard. Pp. 158-160. New York: Harper-Collins.
1995* Leslie Reese, Claude Goldenberg, James Loucky, Ronald Gallimore. Ecocultural Context, Cultural Activity and Emergent Literacy of Spanish-Speaking Children. In Class, Culture, and Race in American Schools. Stanley Rothstein, ed. Pp. 199-224. Westport, CN: Greenwood.
1995** Maya Americans: The Making of a Transnational Community. In Central Americans in California. Nora Hamilton and Norma Chinchilla, eds. Pp. 30-34. Los Angeles: Center for Multiethnic and Transnational Studies, University of Southern California
1994* James Loucky, Maria Soldatenko, Gregory Scott, Edna Bonacich. Immigrant Enterprise and Labor in the Los Angeles Garment Industry. In The Globalization of the Apparel Industry in the Pacific Rim. Edna Bonacich, et al., eds. Pp. 345-361. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
1993* Norma Chinchilla, Nora Hamilton, James Loucky. Central Americans in Los Angeles: An Immigrant Community in Transition. In In the Barrios: Latinos and the Underclass Debate. Joan Moore and Raquel Pinderhughes, eds. Pp. 51-78. New York: Russell Sage.
1990** Background to the Human Ecology of Northwest Guatemala. In A Meeting of Peoples. Kurt Russo, ed. Pp. 80-83. Seattle: Florence R. Kluckhohn Center.
1979** The Social Functions of Futbol in a Guatemalan Village. In Forms of Play of Native North Americans. Edward Norbeck and Claire Farrer, eds. Pp. 279-290. St. Paul: West.
2014 “Global Understanding through International Study.” Kiyo 40, Osaka Jogakuin College, Japan.
2012* LeBaron, A., and Loucky, J., eds. Mesoamerican/American partnerships for community wellbeing. Practicing Anthropology 34(1). (guest editors, introduction)
2012* Contours of Mesoamerican Migration over Thirty Years. Practicing Anthropology. 34(1):4-8.
2009* Chinchilla, N., Hamilton, N., and Loucky, J. The Sanctuary Movement and Central American activism in Los Angeles. Latin American Perspectives, 36:101-126.
2009* Alper, D. K., and Loucky, J. Canada-US border securitization: implications for binational cooperation. Canadian American Public Policy, 72:1-44.
2007** Loucky, J. Microbusiness on the US-Mexico Border.” USEcoEco, Spring, p. 13.
2003* Patricia K. Smith, Barry Bogin, Maria Ines Varela-Silva, James Loucky. Economic and Anthropological Assessments of the Health of Children in Maya Immigrant Families in the United States. Economics and Human Biology 1:145-160.
2002* Patricia K. Smith, Barry Bogin, M. Ines Varela-Silva, Bibiana Orden, James Loucky. Does Immigration Help or Harm Children’s Health: The Mayan Case. Social Science Quarterly 83(4):994-1002.
2002* B. Bogin, P. Smith,] A.B. Orden, M.I. Varela Silva, J. Loucky. Rapid Change in Height and body proportions of Maya American children. American Journal of Human Biology 14:753-761.
1998* Barry Bogin y James Loucky. Plasticidad y crecimiento fisico en niños mayas guatemaltecos en los Estados Unidos. Salud Problema, Nueva Epoca 3(5):79-95.
1997* Barry Bogin and James Loucky. Plasticity, political economy, and physical growth status of Guatemala Maya children living in the United States. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 102:17-32.
1996** Donald K. Alper and James Loucky, eds. A Trinational Symposium: Canada/United States/Mexico. American Review of Canadian Studies 26(2) (guest editors, introduction)
1996** Donald K. Alper and James Loucky. North American Integration: Paradoxes and Prospects. American Review of Canadian Studies 26(2):177-182.
1994* Thomas Weisner, Helen Garnier, James Loucky. Domestic Tasks, Egalitarianism and Family Organization in Nonconventional Families. Sex Roles 30:23-54.
1991* James Loucky and Robert Carlsen. Massacre in Santiago Atitlan: A Turning Point in the Maya Struggle? Cultural Survival Quarterly 15:65-70.
1987* Milton Jamail and James Loucky. Tell Pedro So Juan Understands. Report on the Americas 21(3):4-12.
1987** Central American Refugees and the Right to Life in Family Perspective. Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies 14:15-24.
1984* Children’s Work: The International Year of the Child as Watershed for Research. Anthropology of Work Review 5:17-19.
1981 Maria Chavez and James Loucky. Caretaking and Competence: Siblings as Socializers in Rural Guatemala. Anthropology UCLA 11:1-23.
1979* Production and the Patterning of Social Relations and Values in Two Guatemalan Villages. American Ethnologist 6:702-722.
Technical Reports & Application Oriented Articles for Specific Audiences
2016 In Memoriam – Marilyn Moors. Anthropology Newsletter. Sept.
2011 Preface. Maya Toolkit for Medical Providers. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
2011 In Memoriam: Walter R. Goldschmidt, 1913-2010. Anthropology Newsletter. April. P. 24.
1992 Darline Alvarez and James Loucky. Inquiry and Advocacy: Attorney-Expert Collaboration in the Political Asylum Process. In Double Vision: Anthropologists at Law. Randy Kandel, ed. Pp. 43-52. NAPA Bulletin 11. Washington, DC: American Anthropological Association.
1990 James Loucky, Nora Hamilton, Norma Chinchilla. The Effects of the Immigration Reform and Control Act on the Garment, Building Maintenance, and Hospitality Industries in Los Angeles. Washington, DC: Division of Immigration Policy & Research, U.S. Dept of Labor.
1987 Nora Hamilton and James Loucky. Central Americans in Los Angeles. Los Angeles: Office of the Mayor.
1987 Maya Migrants and Musical Tradition in Los Angeles. In Cityroots: New Immigrant Cultures in Los Angeles. Susan Auerbach, ed. Pp. 8-11. Los Angeles: Cultural Affairs Department.
2014 (Holmes) Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. American Journal of Human Biology 26(2):230-231.
2011 (Wilson) Women’s Migration Networks in Mexico and Beyond. Journal of Borderland Studies.
2009 (Millstone and Lang) The Atlas of Food. Human Biology.
2009 (Afflitto) The Quiet Revolutionaries: Seeking Justice in Guatemala. A Contracorriente 7(1):491-494.
2009 (Foxen) In Search of Providence: Transnational Mayan Identities. Mesoamérica 51:199-201.
2009 (Cornelius, et al.) Mayan Journeys: The New Migration from Yucatán to the United States. Contemporary Sociology 38(2):144-145.
2006 (Kramer) Maya Children: Helpers at the Farm. Am Journal of Human Biology 18(5):724-725.
2000 (Hart) Undocumented in L.A.: An Immigrant’s Story. Journal of American Ethnic History 19:119-120.
1999 (Bean et al.) At the Crossroads: Mexico and U.S. Immigration Policy. Journal of Political Ecology 6.
1998 (Taylor) Return of Guatemala’s Refugees: Reweaving the Torn. National Coordinating Office on Refugees and Displaced, July-Aug 1998.
1996 (Sexton) Ignacio: The Diary of a Maya Indian of Guatemala. American Ethnologist 23:430-431.
1995 (Vlach) The Quetzal in Flight: Guatemalan Refugee Families in the United States. International Migration Review 29:842-843.
1993 (Hayes-Bautista) The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society. Latin American Anthropology Review 5:24-25.
1993 (Greenberg) Blood Ties: Life and Violence in Rural Mexico. Latin American Anthropology Review5:35.
1992 (Klein) Sugarball: American Game, Dominican Dream. American Anthropologist 94:956-957.
1985 (Nava; Yates) El Norte; When the Mountains Tremble. American Anthropologist 87:992-994.
1984 (Butterworth) Relocation of Slum Dwellers in Postrevolutionary Cuba. Man 16:307-308.
2016 “Global Citizenship and Engagement in the 21st Century.” Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education, Western Washington University.
2016 “Challenging the Inhumanities of Detention and Deportation.” Roundtable Co-organizer and Presenter, Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, BC.
2016 “Ecocultural Wellbeing.” Roundtable Organizer and Presenter, Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, BC.
2016 “Asylum Seeking Crisis.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, BC.
2015 “Transnational Realities and Prospects for Maya-American Communities in the United States.” Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples Conference. Richmond, VA.
2015 “Border Policy Trends in North America.” Association for Borderlands Studies, Portland OR.
2014 “Ecopolitical and Intergenerational Dynamics of Mesoamerican Migration.” Encuentro binacional de investigadores en antropología y estudios socioculturales aplicados. Ensenada, Mexico.
2014 “Vanishing Ice, Shifting Futures: Himalayan Harbinger of a Harsher World.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Albuquerque.
2014 “A Higher Calling in Higher Education: Prioritizing Planet and Posterity.” Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference, Bellingham.
2014 “Service Learning: Collaboration with External Partners.” Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference, Bellingham.
2014 “Water and Wellbeing: Himalayas as Harbinger of a Changing Planet.” City of Bellingham and Whatcom Museum,Vanishing Ice Exhibit.
2014 “Clergy and Solidarity.” Archiving the Central American Revolutions Conference. University of Texas, Austin.
2013 “Help Wanted, Keep Out: Criminalizing Migration.” Tangled Web: Mass Incarceration and Alternative Futures. Conference at Western Washington University.
2013 “Effective Expertise amid Shifting Dimensions of Persecution and Politics of Asylum.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Denver.
2013 Mesoamerican Uprootings, Mayamerican Rerooting: Tracing the Destinies of Youth. Keynote address, Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences, UCLA.
2012 “Tourism and Development in the Himalaya,” World Issues Forum, WWU.
2012 Five invited presentations and participatory community dialogs in Maya communities in highland Guatemala (Nov-Dec)
2012 “Shifting Dimensions of Rights to Movement and Protection: Implications for Effective Attorney-Expert Asyum Casework.” Conable Conference in International Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology.
2012 Organizer, facilitator, and presenter, invited workshop on “Latin American Asylum Case Law and Expert Witness,” Latin American Studies Association, San Francisco.
2011 “Global Disruptions and the Right to Move.” Envisioning Immigration Reform: Views from Both Borders. Humanities Washington & Western Washington University, Community Forum, Bellingham.
2011 “People in Motion: Toward Human Rights and Social Justice for Immigrant Populations.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Seattle.
2011 “Partnering with the Maya in Documentation and Community Development.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Seattle. (Symposium Organizer, Chair & Panelist)
2010 “Cardinal Points of Academic-Attorney Collaboration in Asylum Cases.” African Studies Association, San Francisco.
2010 “Children as Bridge to the Future.” Sister Cities Association, Annual State Meeting
2009 “The ‘Other’ North American Border: Prospects for Renewing the ‘Special’ U.S.-Canada Relationship.” International Canadian Studies Institute, Seattle
2009 “Unintended Departures: Irrationality in Migration Plans and Immigration Policies.” Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro
2008 “Establishing Greater Collaborations in the Face of Transnational Migration, Justice, and Violence,” Guatemala Scholars Network, Vanderbilt University
2008 “Social Well-Being Through Ecocultural Principles,” Society for Human Ecology, Bellingham
2008 “Social Well-being in Community Development: Challenges in Creating Justice Objectives.” Euromed Sustainable Connections, Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Italy
2008 “An Application of Life History and Parental Investment Theory to Settlement Decisions of Guatemalan Maya women in Los Angeles.” Barry Bogin, James Loucky, Joelma Almeida. American Association of Physical Anthropology, annual meeting, Columbus
2008 “Beyond Nationalistic and Not-So-Smart Borders: Toward More Genuine Security.” Donald K. Alper and James Loucky. BRIT IX Conference – North American and European Border Regions in Comparative Perspective, Victoria BC and Bellingham
2007 ”Shared Destiny or Segregated Demise? Ethical Challenges of Confronting Deepening Global Crises.” Consortium for Innovative Environments for Learning, Berea College, Berea KY
2007 “Maya American Youth: Dispersed Destinations, Emerging Destinies.” Latin American Studies Association, Montreal
2006 “Contending with Conundrums: Teaching Human (Rights of) Migration.” Consortium for Innovative Environments for Learning, Hampshire College, Amherst MA
2006 “Fronteras del sur: Familiar Echoes in Spain’s Mounting Immigration Concerns.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver
2006 Nora Hamilton, Norma Chinchilla, James Loucky. “The Sanctuary Movement and Central America Activism in Los Angeles.” Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2005 “Edginess Where North America Edges Together: Challenges for Transborder Environmental Health.” National University of Ireland, Galway
- “Sanctuary and Solidarity: A Retrospective on the Central American Movement.” Smoldering Ashes: Revisiting the Legacy of the Cold War in Central America, University of Orego
2005 “Responsible Tourism: Learning in Ladakh.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe
2005 Nora Hamilton, Norma Chinchilla, and James Loucky. “Immigrants and Non-Immigrants Organizing Together: Lessons from the Sanctuary Movement.” Pacific Sociological Association, Portland OR
- “Pacific Borders, Discordant Borders: Where North America Edges Together.” Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Portland OR
2003 “Research Synergy between Small Universities at the National and International Levels.” 5th Annual Conference on Research in University Colleges, Vancouver
2003 “Edginess Where North America Edges Together: Challenges to Cross-Border Bioregional Thinking.” First Annual Canada Week, Boise State University
2003 “Globalization, Globalony: The Challenge of Global Ethics.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Portland, OR
2003 “Weaving New Identities in the Maya Diaspora: Lessons for Comparative Ethnicity.” International Conference on American Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ethnicity Race and Gender, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul
- “Immigration, Transnationalism and Maya in Los Angeles.” Faculty Symposium, Department of Political Science, University of Southern California
2002 “Crossing Multiple Borders: Latin Americans in the Western U.S.-Canada Border Region.” Pacific Sociological Association. Vancouver
2002 “Desarollo sostantíble: Retos para solidaridad norte-sur” (Sustainable Development: A Challenge for Future North-South Solidarity). Interinstitutional Development Committee, Pedro Moncayo, Ecuador
2001 “Teaching Comparative and Trilateral Studies.” Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, San Antonio
2001 “Maya and/or American? The Ambiguities of Assimilation in Los Angeles.” Latin American Studies Association, Washington, DC
2001 “Vecinos lejanos y proximos: Distinciones entre las fronteras norte y sur de los Estados Unidos.” International Seminar, Fronteras y Comunidad Latina en America del Norte. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
2001 James Loucky and Donald Alper. “The Political Ecology of the North American Pacific Corridors.” Association of Borderlands Scholars, Reno
2001 “North Meets South: Challenges for Collaborative Development of Transborder Environmental Policy.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Mérida. Mexico
2000 “Anthropology and the Shifting Politics of Political Asylum.” American Anthropological Association, San Francisco
2000 “North American Borders in Comparative Perspective: Scenarios for Research and Practice.” International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Bellingham
1999 “La Latinización de Los Angeles por la migración internacional” (International Migration and the Latinization of Los Angeles), First International von Humboldt Conference, Buenos Aires
1999 “Fronteras en perspectiva comparativa” (Borders in Comparative Perspective). National University of Jujuy and University of Buenos Aires, Tilcara, Argentina
1999 “Globalización y consumismo: Impactos y alternativas” (Impacts and Alternatives to Globalization and Consumerism). Second University Environmental Conference, National University of Salta, Argentina
1999 Weekly commentary “Sobre globalización” (About Globalization), August-October, on Radio Dos (FM 93.1), Salta, Argentina
1999 “Antecedentes y símptomas de la ‘afluenza’ “(Antecedents and Symptoms of “Affluenza”); “La plasticidad y desarollo en el caso de jovenes inmigrantes” (Plasticity and Development of Immigrant Youth); “La migración y los impactos para la salud y familia” (Migration and its Implications for Health and Family); “El consumo y sus consecuencias” (Over-consumption and its Consequences). Dept. of Food Sciences, Univ. de Entre Rios, Gualaguachú, Argentina
1999 “Maya Adjustment to a Global Metropolis.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Tucson
1999 “Changing Dimensions of Protection: People, Parks and Principles” and “From Ecosystems Management to Environmental Education.” Trinational Workshop on Regional Approaches to Parks and Protected Areas, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Mexico
1998 “De tortugas y salmón: aspectos de la formación del pensamiento ambientál.” Universidad del Mar, Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico
1998 “Child and Family Well-Being in Settlement Decisions of Immigrant Women in Los Angeles.” Mujeres en las Fronteras: Migración, Trabajo y Salud (International Colloquium), El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas
1998 James Loucky, Rodolfo Cruz, Chad Day, Donald Alper. “Trinational Certification in Environmental Management.” Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, Vancouver, BC
1998 James Loucky and Donald Alper. “Bridging K-12 and Higher Education through Workshops on Global Issues.” NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Washington, DC
1998 “Impacto psicológico de la migración.” Universidad Latina de América, Morelia, Mexico
1997 “From One War Zone to Another: Guatemalans in the Barrios of Los Angeles.” Latin American Studies Association, Guadalajara, Mexico
1997 “Regional Networking in the Pacific Northwest through Consortia.” Association of International Educational Administrators, San José, Costa Rica
1996 “Implementing Global Studies in Washington State.” British Columbia Centre for International Education, Vancouver, BC
1996 “Mission Impossible? Sensitizing the INS to Cultural Issues.” American Anthropological Association, San Francisco
1996 Larry J. Estrada and James Loucky. “Cooperación trinacional entre instituciones de la frontera.” Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacionál, Puerto Vallarta
1996 “The State of U.S. Immigration Policy: Tired, Poor, and Yearning Need Not Apply.” National Association for Ethnic Studies, Bellingham, WA
- “Latin America: Which Way for Development Studies?” Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, Bellingham
- “The Utility of Anthropological Testimony under Changing Dimensions of Persecution.” American Anthropological Association, Atlanta
- “Formation and Transformation of Maya Associations in the Western United States and Canada.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Cancún
- James Loucky and Robert Harmon. ” ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ Guatemalan Mayas and Urban Violence in Los Angeles.” American Association for the Advancement of Science, Boston
1993 “Potentials and Pitfalls in Using Social Scientific Evidence in Refugee Law.” Conference on Documenting Persecution in an Era of Global Instability, Harvard Law School
- “Transnational Aspects of Maya Cultural Ecology.” Chiapas Environmental Conference, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
Other invited presentations: American Anthropological Association (1989, 1981, 1976), American Ethnological Society (1989, 1977), Association of Borderlands Scholars (1984), Association for Third World Studies (1993), International Congress of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences (1983), Latin American Studies Assoc. (1992, 1988, 1985, 1983), Oral History Association (1985), Society for Applied Anthropology (1987, 1983, 1978)
Professional and Board Service
Since 2014 Board of Directors, Society for Applied Anthropology
Since 2015 Member, Tony Paredes Plenary Committee, Society for Applied Anthropology.
Since 2014 Member, Michael Kearney Memorial Lecture, Advisory Committee, Society for Applied Anthropology
Since 2012 Editorial Board: Aldea Mundo (Univ. of San Cristobal, Venezuela)
Since 2011 Advisory Board, Maya Heritage Project
Since 2010 Board of Directors, Institute for Village Studies
Since 2006 Editorial Board: Journal of Educational Controversies
Since 2006 Board of Directors, Pacific Northwest Consortium for the Study of Canada
Since 2001 Institutional Affiliate, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC-San Diego
2010-2011 Annual Meeting, Program Committee Member, Society for Applied Anthropology
Editorial and External Review Service
1994-2016 Reviewer: American Anthropologist, Borderlands Studies, Ethnic Studies Review, Heritage Tourism, Human Organization, International Migration Review, Journal of Colonial Latin American History, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Latin American Bureau, Longman Publishing, Migraciones Internacionales, New York University Press, North Carolina University Press, Social Problems, Temple University Press, University of Texas Press, Urban Anthropology
2007-2016 External Reviewer: University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Huxley College of the Environment, WWU; Middle Tennessee State University (2007 & 2012); George Mason University; University of California, Los Angeles
2016 Co-organizer and Chair, “Homelessness and Dispossession.” Inaugural “Critical Conversation, Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, BC.
2015 Society for Applied Anthropology, Discussant: “Anthropologists as Expert Witnesses: Theory, Praxis and Ethics.”
2015 Society for Applied Anthropology, Workshop organizer/presenter: “The Anthropology of Expert Witness”
2014 American Anthropological Association, Discussant: “Negotiating Boundaries and Contesting Terrain: Anthropological Knowledge in Legal Settings”
2014 Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference, Session organizer: “A Higher Calling in Higher Education: Preparing Students for Posterity as a Species.”
2013 Society for Applied Anthropology, Session organizer/presenter: “Engaged Research Partnership with the Maya”
2012 Latin American Studies Association, workshop organizer/presenter: “Latin American Asylum Case Law and Expert Witness”
2012 Society for Applied Anthropology, Session organizer/presenter/discussant: “Anthropologists as Advocates for Immigrants and Refugees”
2011 Society for Applied Anthropology, Session co-organizer/panelist: “Anthropology of the Institution: Learners as Agents of Change”
2010 Society for Applied Anthropology (Mérida), Session organizer/discussant: “The Disconnect Between Migrant Lived Experiences and Public Policy: Anthropological Contributions to Migration Reform”
2010 Society for Applied Anthropology, Workshop organizer/presenter: “Expert Witness in Political Asylum Cases”
2009 Latin American Studies Association, session chair: “Trends in Latin American Migration”
2008 Society for Human Ecology, Session Chair: “Ethics and Justice”
2006 Latin American Studies Association, Discussant: “Recent Trends in Guatemalan Migration”
- Society for Applied Anthropology, Session chair: “Community-Based Tourism, Society for Applied Anthropology
2003 Society for Applied Anthropology, Session organizer: “The Interface of Anthropology and Global Studies”
2002 National Association of Ethnic Studies, Discussant: “Native American/First Nations’ Issues”
2002 Society for Applied Anthropology, Discussant: “Mexican & Central American Migration”
2001 Association of Borderlands Scholars, Panel organizer: “Comparative Lessons from North American Pacific Borderlands”
2000 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Symposium organizer: “North American Borders”
1998 Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, Session Organizer/Chair
1997 Association of International Educational Administrators, Session Organizer/Chair
1996 American Anthropological Association, Session Organizer/Chair
1994 Society for Applied Anthropology, Session Organizer/Chair
1993 Northwest Anthropological Conference, Program Co-chair
1992 Latin American Studies Association, Session Organizer/Chair
1991 Latin American Studies Association, Session Organizer/Chair
1988 American Anthropological Association, Session Organizer/Chair
1981 American Anthropological Association, Session Organizer/Chair
- American Anthropological Association (Fellow/life member)
- American Ethnological Association (Fellow)
- Latin American Studies Association (Fellow)
- Society for Applied Anthropology (Sustaining Fellow)
- Society for Latin American Anthropology
Community Service – Local, National, and International
2005-2016 Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival: Co-Organizer, annual 10-day series
2007-2016 Bellingham Sister Cities Association: Member of the Board
2016 Help Wanted, Keep Out: The Dualism in U.S. Immigration Policy. Keynote, Cityclub of Bellingham
2015 Children on the Move. Instructor through Academy for Lifelong Learning
2014 En Memoriam – Howard Harris (1917-2014), Bellingham WA
2013 Humane Migration. Instructor through Academy for Lifelong Learning, Nov 12-19
2010 National Leadership Conference, Pastoral Maya, Omaha
2009 “South by Southeast: Learning from Small Communities in India and Thailand.” Bellingham Parks & Recreation Travelogue Series
2008 “Immigration Policy in Light of the World Economy.” Keynote address, League of Women Voters, Immigration Forum.
2007-08 “Understanding Global Migration” and “Keys to Understanding Contemporary Mexico.” Great Decisions Forum, Bellingham
2007 Encuentro Nacional de Lideres de la Comunidad Maya, Kennesaw, GA: invited discussant
2007 IV Congreso Internacional sobre el Pop Wuj para la Paz y la Democracia, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala: invited participant
2007 “Conversatorio.” Rija’tzuul Na’ooj Community Library, San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala
2007 “Spain: Crucible of Cultures.” Bellingham Parks & Recreation Travelogue Series
2006 “Jordan, Israel and Palestine: Holy Land – In Peace or Pieces?” Bellingham Parks & Recreation Travelogue Series
2005 “Learning in Ladakh.” Bellingham Parks & Recreation Travelogue Series
2004 “The Human Rights of Migration in a Global Age.” Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, keynote address
- Opinion editorials, commentary, photographs: Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times,
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Bellingham Herald, Baseball Weekly, Vista, Cascadia Weekly, Community Food Co-op Newsletter
1982-03 Guatemala Scholars Network: Steering Committee
2002 “Where in the World is Fernando de Noronha? Panoramic Secrets of South America.” Bellingham Parks & Recreation Travelogue Series
- “Comparative Religion: Death and Grieving.” Northwest Indian College
- Human rights monitor, El Salvador: 20th anniversary commemoration of killings of North American church women, photographic documentation of rural reconstruction
- “The Maya Diaspora.” Meet Our Authors, Village Books, Bellingham
2000 Regional Workshop on Indigenous Communities and Protected Areas (convened by the Consejo Indígena Centroamericano), and National Roundtable on Guatemalan Migration; Guatemala City, Dec. 7-9 (invited participant)
2000 “Children’s Rights: Challenges and Opportunities.” Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
1999 Maya Family Law Workshop – El Rescate Legal and Social Services, at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles: co-organizer
1997 “Issues and Impacts of Hispanic Cultures.” Latino Fest, Bellingham
1995-97 Bellingham Sister Cities Association: Member of the Board
1985-93 Archbishop Oscar Romero Relief Fund, Humanitarian Law Project, Office of the Americas: member of Board of Directors of each organization
- Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Central American Refugees, City of Los Angeles
1986-87 Office of the Americas: leader of delegations to Nicaragua focusing on popular education
University Service – Western Washington University
International Program Development
1994-2016 Arranged/hosted international speakers, visitors, and films: from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia
2016 Faculty, “Himalaya Cultures and Conservation, WWU/Institute for Village Studies: India
2012, 2013 Faculty, “Himalaya Ecology and Cultures, WWU/Institute for Village Studies: India
2012 Faculty, “Ecotourism and Community Development,” WWU/Crooked Trails: Peru
2011 Faculty, Center for Service Learning-WWU, Field Course: Kenya
2009 Faculty, WWU/Institute for Village Studies: Thailand and India
2003-06 Study abroad site evaluations: Mexico, Belize, Cuba, Czech Republic, Italy
2006 Faculty, Northwest Consortium for Study Abroad: Oviedo, Spain
2006 Faculty, Experiencing the U.S./Mexico Border through Education, Prescott College & Cochise Community College: Arizona
2005 Northwest Consortium for Study Abroad: WWU representative
2004 Faculty, Institute for Village Studies: Ladakh, India
2003 Faculty, Institute for Village Studies: Belize
1998 Faculty, Northwest Consortium for Study Abroad: Morelia, Mexico
1997 “International Studies at Western Washington University,“ Report to the Provost
1996-97 Border Pact Conference, American Council on Education, San Diego/Tijuana; Western Interstate Consortium on Higher Education, San Francisco; International Student Exchange Program, Washington DC: WWU representative
1995-97 WWU representative for site visits: Australia, Japan, China, Costa Rica, New Zealand
University Policy and Interdisciplinary Cooperation
- Advisory Boards – Current Member of Board or Affiliate
American Cultural Studies; Center for Cross-Cultural Psychology; Center for Educational Equity and Diversity; Center for Law, Diversity, and Justice; Institute for Salish Sea Studies; Sustainability Academy; Woodring College of Education, Social Studies; World Issues Forum
- Advisory Boards – Past
2005-2009 Academic Freedom Taskforce
2001-05 Faculty Senate: President (2003-04), Parliamentarian (2002-03), Executive Council
1999-2003 International Programs Advisory Committee
1991-96 Third World Studies faculty group
1993-94 Chair, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University
Departmental advisor – Applied anthropology, Anthropology/Social Studies (since 1990)
Principle advisor – Latin American Studies (since 1993)
Faculty advisor – Students for Sustainable Water (2011-13)
Transfer advisor – Academic Advising Center (1991-2010)
Principal advisor – International Studies minor (1993-2008); supervised 20+ theses
Minority International Research Training – campus advisor (1995-97)
Fulbright Commission – campus contact (1994-97)
Curriculum Development: Courses/Concentrations Created
2014, 2016 Blended/Online Course Development and Design Workshops
2010 Global Ethics
2009 Field Course in Ethnography: South/Southeast Asia
2006-07 Children of a Changing World; Disposable People; Globaloney: Reaffirming Ecocultural Ethics; Borderblur: Transnational Transformations in the Americas
2005 Human Rights, World Visions
2002 Field Course in Ethnography: instructed 6-wk program in Ladakh, northern India
2003 International Human Rights
2000 Borderlands (Anth 476)
2000 Social and Environmental Justice (Honors 354)
1996 Minor in International Studies
1995 Introduction to Global Studies (IS201/GUR)
1994 Native American Experience (ACS202/GUR)
1992 International Migration (Anth 475)
1991 Minor in Native American Studies (co-authored with Dan Boxberger and John Purdy)
1991 Applied Anthropology (Anth 480)
1991 Cross-Cultural Education (Anth 484)
1991 Peoples of Latin America (Anth 365/GUR)
1990 Peoples of Mexico/Central America (Anth 465)
1990 Psychological Anthropology (Anth 482)
Collaborative & Campus Learning
ongoing Workshops in classes, guest lectures, discussant: Dept. of Anthropology, Anthropology Club-WWU, other WWU departments and institutes: on professional development (blended learning, portfolio design, getting published, research and writing skills, ethics), world issues
ongoing Student fieldtrips – to Vancouver (multiethnic communities), Skagit Valley (migrant labor and bilingual education), Sto:lo Nation (B.C.), elsewhere in Pacific NW
2000-16 2011 “Robert Davidson, Haida Artist: A 40-Year Perspective”
2009 “Recent Initiatives in the Caribbean,” Chair/discussant, WWU Faculty panel (Oct 12.)
2009 Writing Instruction Workshop, North Cascades Institute (Sept. 8-10)
2007 “The Justice of Food,” World Injustice Awareness Club, Keynote address.
2006 “Toward a Sane and Humane Immigration Policy,” Political Science Association
- “Experiencing Ladakh,” Dept. of Anthropology/Anthropology Club
2004 “Migration in a Global Age,” AS Productions Social Issues, Panel on Immigration
2004 “Getting Published,” Scholars Week.
- “Holy Land: Peace or in Pieces?” World Issues Forum
- “Between the Lines,” Center for Instructional Innovation (organizer/facilitator of quarter-long media discussion series)
- “Collaborating for the Common Good,” Teaching-Learning Academy
- A New American Century? Co-organizer, Full-week “Teach In”
- “Western Reflects,” Moderator for campus forum on events of September 11
- “Maya Cultural Resurgence: Changing Identities, Enduring Struggle” – BFR/Sigma Xi