preface
This book emerges from an interdisciplinary and collaborative proj ect called
“Race, Genomics and Mestizaje [mixture] in Latin Amer i ca: A Comparative
Approach,” which ran from 2010 to 2013. The proj ect had two funding phases,
each running for eigh teen months. The proj ect team consisted of myself, as
overall director, and three teams, focusing on Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico,
respectively. In each country, there was a se nior coinvestigator (coi), who
worked with a postdoctoral researcher (employed by Manchester University
for the duration of the proj ect) and a locally hired research assistant. The
teams were as follows, listed in order as coi, postdoctoral researcher, and
research assistant:
bRazil · Ricardo Ventura Santos (biological anthropologist at Fundacão Os-
waldo Cruz, Fiocruz, in Rio de Janeiro); Michael Kent (PhD in social anthro-
pology from the University of Manchester, now an in de pen dent develop-
ment con sultant based in Bolivia); and Verlan Valle Gaspar Neto (during the
proj ect he finished his PhD in cultural anthropology at the Universidad
Federal Fluminense; he is currently a professor at the Universidad Federal
de Alfenas).
colombia · Eduardo Restrepo (social anthropologist at the Pontificia
Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá); María Fernanda Olarte Sierra (PhD in social
sciences from the University of Amsterdam, currently a professor at the
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá) for phase one of the proj ect, followed
by Ernesto Schwartz- Marín (PhD in genomics in society from the University
of Exeter, currently a research fellow at the University of Durham); and
Adriana Díaz del Castillo (MA in medical anthropology from the University
of Amsterdam, now a researcher at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá)
for phase one, followed by Roosbelinda Cárdenas (during the proj ect she
finished her PhD in anthropology at the University of California, currently
a visiting professor at Hampshire College).
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