Basic CV and Research Interests
I did a PhD in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University (1981-1985), with 16 months of fieldwork in Colombia, based in a small town called Unguía, near the Panamanian border, exploring ethnic relations and ideas about race. From 1985 to 1988, I held a Research Fellowship at Queens' College, Cambridge, and did another 14 months of fieldwork in Colombia, mostly in the city of Medellín, focusing on black migrants to the city from the Pacific coastal region. In 1988, I became a lecturer in the University of Liverpool (jointly in the Department of Geography and the Institute of Latin American Studies). In 1995, I moved to the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, where I am now professor. Since 1988, I have done several spells of fieldwork in Colombia, looking at the black social movement and constitutional reform, and tracing the social history of Colombian popular music in the twentieth century and its connections with ideas about nation and race. More recently, I have been exploring the construction of nature, biology, genetics and culture in ideas about race.