The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Ronda Brulotte to GES, effective January 1, 2017. She joins the faculty as an Associate Professor, and will begin teaching courses in Fall 2017.
According to GES Department Chair Maria Lane, "Ronda is an accomplished interdisciplinary scholar who brings a wealth of experience in qualitative and field-based scholarship. Her critical interest in food production, rural landscapes, and heritage marketing will complement and enrich existing faculty strengths in Environmental Studies. Her expertise in Latin America will also be a fantastic asset, since so many GES students are deeply interested in Latin American landscapes and cultures.”
Dr. Brulotte also serves as Associate Director of the Latin American and Iberian Institute, where she directs the academic programs and serves as a vital resource for students. Her current and future projects focus on agricultural commodities and the remaking of rural landscapes as these products enter new market niches. She is currently working on a project to investigate agave cultivation and mezcal production in Mexico, funded by a Fulbright Faculty Research Fellowship.
Dr. Brulotte’s work is intrinsically interdisciplinary, and she remarks that GES provides an ideal environment to support scholarship that considers politics, landscape, culture, and commodities simultaneously: “I am extremely excited to incorporate geography perspectives and methodologies into my research, and I look forward to learning from both my geography colleagues and students."
Dr. Brulotte holds a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a M.A. in Latin American Studies and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Oaxaca, Mexico since 1998, and is trained in the cultural geography and anthropology of Latin America more broadly.
Dr. Brulotte is the author of Between Art and Artifact: Archaeological Replicas and Cultural Production in Oaxaca, Mexico (University of Texas Press 2012) and is the co-editor of Edible Identities: Food as Cultural Heritage (Ashgate 2014) with Michael A. DiGiovine. She has a long list of awards that commend her many talents as a scholar, teacher, and mentor, both at UNM and in the international community. Originally from the Yakima Valley in Washington state, where her family engages in hops production, Dr. Brulotte will also participate in the brand-new GES course “World of Beer” (GEOG180), which is scheduled to launch in Fall 2017.
The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies is one of UNM's most vibrant academic departments. Our award-winning faculty teaches engaging classes to undergraduate and graduate students studying GIScience, spatial analysis, legal geography, environmental policy and management, historical geography, and cartography, among other topics. We engage both graduate and undergraduate students in high-impact research here in the Southwest and throughout the world, with a particular focus on the American Southwest, the Americas, and the Atlantic World. Our door is always open, and we welcome prospective students and collaborators to visit our department -- either virtually or in person -- to explore how you can become a part of UNM Geography & Environmental Studies. News updates and events announcements are posted frequently, so we hope to see you here again soon.