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Professor Sanford to Speak in Florida and NYC About Her Research on Feminicide

February 8, 2010

Professor Victoria Sanford

Professor Victoria Sanford, who's on leave from her faculty position in Lehman's Department of Anthropology, will speak on February 11 at Florida Gulf Coast University about her research on feminicide, the contemporary killing of women, in Guatemala. The talk is part of the Human Rights Series sponsored by the University's Anthropology Club.

Currently a visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, Professor Sanford also will speak on February 22 at a Columbia University Seminar on History, Redress, and Reconciliation. Her talk is entitled "The Land of Pale Hands—Feminicide and Impunity in Guatemala." Past speakers in the series include David Rieff, Philip Gourevitch, and Liz Sevcenko.

A human rights activist and scholar, Professor Sanford focuses her research on collective memory, community reconstruction, human rights, and international humanitarian law during internal armed conflicts. She has worked with Central American refugees since 1986, when she founded and directed a refugee legal services project representing Central American asylum seekers. She has conducted extensive field research with Maya communities in Guatemala and Colombia, and with indigenous peace communities in Colombia, as well as with refugee communities in Ecuador.

In 2009, Professor Sanford won the esteemed John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and is using the award to work on her new book, The Land of Pale Hands, which will examine post-conflict violence, social cleansing, and feminicide in Guatemala. Her other books include Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala (2003), Engaged Observer: Anthropology, Advocacy, and Activism (2006), La Masacre de Panzos: Etnicidad, tierra y violencia en Guatemala (2006), and Guatemala: Del Genocidio al Feminicidio (2008).

Professor Sanford has been a Fulbright Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute on Violence and Survival at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and has received a Bunting Peace Fellowship from Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, a U.S. Institute For Peace grant, a Rockefeller Fellowship for research on violence, a MacArthur Consortium Fellowship, and an Early Career Award of the Peace Society of the American Psychological Association.

A graduate of California State University in Sacramento, she earned a master's with distinction from San Francisco State University in the society and culture of Central America and a master's and doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University.