Jennifer Burrell

Jennifer L. Burrell

Primary Field
Cultural Anthropology
Associate Professor of Cultual Anthropology, SUNY, University at Albany, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Structural and political violence, development, gender, migration, human rights

Dr. Jennifer Burrell is a sociocultural political anthropologist who is broadly interested in questions of power, structural and political violence, political economy, law, and the construction of inequalities. She conducts research in Guatemala, Mexico, Europe and the United States on migration, security, human rights, humanitarianism, and the state. She is active in the fields of human rights, humanitarianism and development, and has worked as a researcher for the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF). Dr. Burrell has also worked as a consultant to large development organizations and smaller NGOs, and provided testimony for asylum cases. She strives to utilize the insights of social and political economic theory and ethnography to address practical and policy concerns.

Dr. Burrell currently holds an NSF Collaborative Research grant for the project: Evidentiary Dilemmas and Emergent Publics: How Contestations over New Geospatial Technologies are Shaping International Justice.”

Dr. Burrell's research interests include:Latin America/Central America and the diaspora, the Maya; Europe, Africa and the ICC Political economy, power, inequality, structural and political violence, gender, security and insecurity, corruption and anti-corruption, neoliberalization, human rights, human rights law, forensic anthropology in human rights cases, geospatial and new technologies, the creation of evidence, democratization of technology, development, humanitarianism, post-conflict transition, critical legal studies, migration, transnationalism, globalization, the state, corruption; health and migrant healthcare access; visualizing justice, data visualization, machine learning, and platform building for human rights and justice.

Two recent publications by Dr. Burrell include:

“Citizen Security and Vigilante Justice.”  In The Oxford Handbook of Law and Anthropology.  Marie-Claire Foblets, Mark Goodale, Maria Sapignoli and Olaf Zenker eds. (2022)

“Thoughts on Expertise and Knowledge Production:  On Witnessing, Standing With, and Collaborating.” Annals of Anthropological Practice 46:1 (2022)




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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Western Hemisphere