Faculty Biography

Duncan Earle 

Duncan Earle

Associate Professor of International Development

Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
E-mail: dearle@clarku.edu
Tel: 508-793-7629

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Ph.D., State University of New York/Albany

Research interests:

Ethnography, applied anthropology, conflict resolution, U.S./Mexico border settlements, gender, rural development, micro-enterprise/cooperatives, indigenous social movements, migration, health outreach, Mesoamerica and Mexican identity.


Professor Earle's current research centers on the Zapatista movement as a form of alternative development. He has done field work in the tropical rainforest region of Chiapas, Mexico, particularly on settlement relations with NGOs, as well as alternative development projects. He is carrying out in-depth study of Zapatista efforts at self-development, especially environment, gender and decision-making processes, self- government, health, education, ideology and identity. Professor Earle is also engaged in research on the Texas and New Mexico border with Mexico. He has studied Guatemalan Mayan refugees displaced by political strife to Mexico and rural Florida. Before joining IDCE, Professor Earle taught at the University of Texas at El Paso and at Texas A & M University, where he also served as associate director of the Center for Housing and Urban Development.

Selected recent publications:

Uprising of Hope: Zapatismo and Alternative Development in Chiapas. Senior co-author with Jeanne Simonelli, Alta Mira Press, Walnut Creek.

2003 “Meeting Resistance: Autonomy, Development and ‘Informed Permission' in Chiapas, Mexico,” with coauthor Jeanne Simonelli, Qualitative Inquiry, vol.9, number 1, pp. 74-75

2003 “Disencumbering Development: Alleviating Poverty through Autonomy in Chiapas.” With coauthor Jeanne Simonelli.Here To Help: NGOs Combating Poverty in Latin America. Robyn Eversole, ed. New York,. M.E. Sharpe. Pp. 174-219.

2001 “Menchu Tales and Maya Social Landscapes: The Silencing of Words and Worlds.” The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy. Arturo Arias, ed. St. Paul University of Minnesota Press. p.288-308.