This book emerges from an interdisciplinary and collaborative proj­ect called
“Race, Genomics and Mestizaje [mixture] in Latin Amer­ i ­ ca: A Comparative
Approach,” which ran from 2010 to 2013. The proj­ect had two funding phases,
each ­ r unning for eigh­teen months. The proj­ect team consisted of myself, as
overall director, and three teams, focusing on Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico,
respectively. In each country, ­ there was a senior ­ coinvestigator (coi), who
worked with a postdoctoral researcher (employed by Manchester University
for the duration of the proj­ect) 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 in­de­pen­dent develop-
ment con­sul­tant based in Bolivia); and Verlan Valle Gaspar Neto (during the
proj­ect 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 proj­ect, 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 proj­ect she
finished her PhD in anthropology at the University of California, currently
a visiting professor at Hampshire College).
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