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Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

Avery Dickins de Giron

Executive Director, Center for Latin American Studies
Senior Lecturer

Avery is the Executive Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Vanderbilt in 2008; her research examines international development programs in Q’eqchi’ Maya communities in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, as well as economic and social motivators for internal migration. Her duties at CLAS include operational and staff oversight, grant writing and reporting, budget oversight, faculty relations, and institutional partnerships.  Avery co-teaches MHS 218 (VISAGE Guatemala), and lead student groups to Guatemala through VISAGE and Project Pyramid. She currently chairs the Language Committee for the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), which supports the teaching and learning of indigenous Latin American languages and Portuguese at U.S. universities.  She also serves as the Treasurer of the Guatemala Scholars Network, and is the faculty advisor for the Inter-American Health Alliance student chapter at Vanderbilt. Her publications include “The Security Guard Industry in Neoliberal Guatemala and the Relationship between Rural Communities and Urban Violence” (2010) and “El Otro Lado: Local Ends and Development in a Q’eqchi’ Maya Community” (2007).