Dr Nicole Fabricant

Associate Professor


Contact Information

CLA, Room 3355


Ph.D., Socio-cultural Anthropology,
Northwestern University 2009
BA, Urban Anthropology,
Mount Holyoke College, 1999

Areas of Expertise

Latin America (Andes) Political Economy
Social Movements
Resource Politics


Nicole Fabricant received a BA from Mount Holyoke College in 1999 in urban anthropology and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2009. She completed a presidential post-doc at the University of South Florida in 2010 where she focused on the global water crisis and joined Towson University in the Fall of 2010. Dr. Fabricant's teaching interests include Revolution in Latin America, Resource Wars of the 21st Century, Environmental (In)justice, and Gender and Labor in Latin America.

Broadly speaking, my research interests focus on the cultural politics of resource wars in Latin America. My dissertation work and recent publications have centered on the Landless Peasant Movement (MST-Bolivia) a 50,000-member social movement comprised of displaced peasants, informal laborers, and intellectuals fighting for land redistribution and the revitalization of small-scale farming. I have written about the creative ways in which displaced peoples use and mobilize cultural forms to push for political and economic reforms. Critical reflections on the new politics of resources, territory and identity in Bolivia will appear in a co-edited volume, Remapping Bolivia: Resources, Rights and Territory in a Plurinational State, which I wrote with Bret Gustafson from Washington U (SAR Press, 2011).

I am currently working on a collaborative research project in El Alto, Bolivia (with Kathryn Hicks from the University of Memphis) which examines the localized experiences of and the new organizational tactics to address water scarcity in the highlands. El Alto, the largest and fastest growing city in Bolivia, is likely to be one of the first to experience the effects of global warming and water scarcity (as residents are largely dependent on glaciers for their water supply). We are working with community organizers to formulate the research questions, collect data for the project, and begin to launch a mobile school where grassroots organizers will teach community residents about the intersect among climate change, glacier melt, and water scarcity. These will be spaces in communities for neighbors to view videos, discuss and debate the possible effects of this radical ecological shift, and come up with solutions to these problems.


Recent Publications

  • 2013, "Good Living for Whom? Bolivia’s Climate Justice Movement and the Limitations of Indigenous Cosmovisions," Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies Studies 8:2, 159-178.
  • 2013, w/Nancy Postero. "Contested Bodies, Contested States: Performance Emotions and New Forms of Regional Governance in Santa Cruz, Bolivia." Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.
  • 2012, Mobilizing Bolivia’s Displaced: Indigenous Politics and the Struggle over Land. UNC Press.
  • 2011, w/Bret Gustafson. Remapping Bolivia: Resources, Territory, and Indigeneity in Plurinational Bolivia. SAR Press.