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Pablo Arias-Benavides

Graduate Student

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Research Interests:

Rural and Peasant Studies; Conflict, Peace, and Rights; Political Ecology; More-than-Human Geographies

Pablo is broadly trained in Anthropology and Latin American Studies, and bases his research in Costa Rica. He is interested in ethnography and orature, history, landscapes, and social theory. Pablo uses a framework informed by Political Ecology, Political Economy, critical and decolonial scholarship to analyze global phenomena like colonialism, development, governance, environmental change,  and human-environment relationships as they unfold in local space and everyday life.


B.A. Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

M.A. Latin American Studies, University of New Mexico

Selected Publications:

Arias-Benavides, P. (2017). First as Farce: Symbolic Politics and Donald Trump’s Hands. Global Societies Journal, 5.


Arias-Benavides, Pablo Alonso. "The Bearing Earth: Colonization, Conservation, and Political Ecology in Costa Rica (Coto Brus 1948 - Present)." (2023).


Hernandez, A., Arias-Benavides, P., Machada, C.M., Pame, O., Main, A. & Moller, P.(Forthcoming). “Pathways to Sustainability: Industry, Development, Business, Agriculture,Economy, and Politics”. In (Ed. Zilli Vieira, C.)
The Impact of Anthropogenic Activities on the Natural Environment and Societies During the Contemporary Period 
. CRC Press


Major Professor

Amy Trauger


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