Juan Lopez Juarez
Graduate Student (Sociocultural Anthropology, indigenous activism, social movements, neoliberal state polices)
Juan José has a degree in Anthropology from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and a BA from the same university in Anthropology and Sociology. He was a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Social Sciences in Guatemala (AVANCSO) through the Scholarship Program for Indigenous Youth in its 2018 edition, during the completion of his degree thesis entitled “Escuela de Formación Agrícola Jacaltenango: community self-management, social success and modernity”. His field work has been particularly concentrated in Jacaltenango, Huehuetenango, where he is from. Additionally, he holds a certificate in photojournalism and documentary photography.
Most recently he has been working with the Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales (ASIES) doing research about international migration in Guatemala and its effects at the local level. He was also the host of a podcast "Así es la movilidad humana". Currently, he is interested in understanding the relationship of social movements, indigenous activism, and neoliberal state polices. Particularly in the cooperative coffee movement and coffee industry.