PETER BENSON is an assistant professor of anthropology at Washington University
in St. Louis, where he researches and teaches courses on public health, medical
anthropology, political economy, and existentialism. He is the coauthor of Broccoli
and Desire: Global Connections and Maya Struggles in Postwar Guatemala (Stanford Univer-
sity Press, 2006, with Edward F. Fischer), and author of “In the Company of Innocence”:
Growers and the Changing Face of Big Tobacco (Princeton University Press, forthcoming).
MANUELA CAMUS is a Spanish anthropologist who has worked in Guatemala for the
past twenty years. She is currently a researcher at the Gender Studies Center at the
Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico.
AVERy DICkINS DE GIRóN holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Vanderbilt Univer-
sity. She is currently an assistant director of the Center for Latin American Studies
at Vanderbilt. Her research examines international development in Q’eqchi’ Maya
villages as well as the security guard industry in Guatemala.
EDwARD F. FISCHER is a professor of anthropology and the director of the Center
for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. His work in Guatemala and
Germany focuses on issues of political economy; his publications include Cultural
Logics and Global Economies: Maya Identity in Thought and Practice (University of Texas
Press, 2001), and Broccoli and Desire: Global Connections and Maya Struggles in Postwar
Guatemala (Stanford University Press, 2006, with Peter Benson).
DEBORAH LEVENSON is an associate professor of history at Boston College. In
Guatemala, she works with the Asociación de la Avance de las Ciencias Sociales en
THOMAS OFFIT is an assistant professor of anthropology at Baylor University in
Waco, Texas. He has published extensively on child street labor and the informal
sector in Guatemala City, and is currently working with Dr. Garrett Cook on a
longitudinal study of Maya religion and social reproduction in various locations
throughout highland Guatemala.