Professor Lynn Stephen honored for her book on Oaxacan uprising

Lynn Stephen

UO anthropology professor Lynn Stephen, who also directs the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, is the recipient of a national award for her book “We are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements.

Stephen was honored with the 2015 Delmos Jones and Jagna Scharff Memorial Book Award given by the Society for the Anthropology of North America. The book details the 2006 uprising against the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The award is given to works that deal with an important anthropological social issue, address social change and justice, and reach outside of the field of anthropology. The award selections committee noted: “This is an ethnography that emphasizes context and the fine-grained details of specific events along with the voices of men and women who were there.”

The “We are the Face of Oaxaca” website details the testimonies of 26 people who were interviewed for the book and includes photos, maps and a timeline of the social movement.

Stephen is also the author of “Zapotec Women: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Globalized Oaxaca” and “Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California, and Oregon.”

―By Corinne Boyer, Public Affairs Communications intern