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Erick Castellanos

Associate Professor of International Studies

Year Joined RCNJ: 2006

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7259
  • Email:
  • Office: B-213
  • Office Hours: MR 1:00-2:00 pm; R 4:30-5:30 pm


  • B.A. Pomona College
  • M.A. John Hopkins University
  • M.A. & PhD. Brown University

Courses Offered:

  • Introduction to International Studies
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Crossing Borders: Growing Up Latino Politics, Culture
  • Identity Food and Culture International Migration

Teaching Interests:

  • Urban Anthropology
  • Political Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Europe
  • Anthropology of the Americas
  • National, Racial and Ethnic Identity
  • Migration and Transnationalism
  • Latino Studies
  • Population and Society
  • Anthropological Demography
  • Research Methodology
  • Anthropological Theory
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Social Problems
  • International Relations

Research Interests:

  • Migrant Assimilation and Marginalization
  • National Identity, Nationalism
  • Ethnicity
  • International Migration
  • Anthropological Demography
  • Politics
  • Symbols
  • Culture and International Relations
  • Food and Identity
  • Italy
  • Europe
  • the United States
  • Latin America.

Scholarly Activity:

  • 2014.  “The Mexican and Transnational Lives of Corn: Technological, Political, Edible Object.”  In Edible Identities: Exploring Food and Foodways as Cultural Heritage, edited by Ronda Brulotte and Michael A. Di Giovine.  London: Ashgate Publishing.  (With Sara M. Bergstresser)
  • 2012.  “Narcotraffic, NAFTA, and the Resurgence of Demon Possession in 21st Century Mexico.”  In El futuro del Estado laico en el siglo XXI: Religión y libertades religiosas. ¿Un conflicto de intereses? Edited by Elio Masferrer Kan and Blanca Estela Gutierréz Grageda.  Querétaro, Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro.  (With Sara M. Bergstresser)
  • 2010.  “The Symbolic Construction of Communities in Italy: The Nation and Locality.”  In Ethnology, Winter, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 61-78
  • 2006.  “Food Fights at the EU Table: The Gastronomic Assertion of Italian Distinctiveness.”  In Consuming Cultures: Food, Drink and Identity in Europe, edited by Thomas M. Wilson.  Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers. (With Sara M. Bergstresser)
  • 2006.  “Migrant Mirrors: The Replication and Reinterpretation of Local and National Ideologies as Strategies of Adaptation by Foreign Immigrants in Bergamo, Italy,” American Behavioral Scientist, 50(1):27-47.
  • 2003.  “Il Campanile, la Nutella e l’Europa: Bolognese identity in the face of immigration.”  In Migrazioni, interazioni e conflitti nella costruzione di una democrazia europea, edited by Dario Melossi.  Bologna: Giufrè Editore.
Conference Papers
  • “Food, Commodity, or Heritage: The Multiple Meanings of Maize in Mexico.”  Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.  November 2013.
  • “Chop Suey and Refried Beans: Transnational Food Identity Among Mexicans and Guatemalan Restaurant Workers.”  Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  December 2012.
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