Keynote Speakers

We are proud to announce this year’s two keynote speakers, Angela Garcia and Lisa Pruitt.

IMG_1306Angela Garcia is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her award-winning book, The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along the Rio Grande (UC Press 2010), explores the phenomenon of intergenerational heroin addiction, overdose, and care among Hispanos in New Mexico. Her present research and writing focuses on drug addiction, violence and informal therapeutic networks in Mexico City. Garcia’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Progressive Magazine, and High Country News, among others. She has commented on addiction, social inequality and other cultural issues on National Public Radio, the New York Times, and Televisa. Garcia earned a doctorate in Social Anthropology from Harvard University (2007).

Credit: UC Davis

Lisa Pruitt is a law professor at the University of California, Davis. Pruitt’s work is at the intersection of law and rural livelihoods. “Her work considers a range of ways in which rural places are distinct from what has become the implicit urban norm in legal scholarship. Pruitt reveals, for example, how the economic, spatial, and social features of rural locales profoundly shape the lives of residents, including the junctures at which they encounter the law. Her most recent work considers how rural spatiality inflects dimensions of gender, race, and ethnicity. In it, Pruitt challenges the association of the rural with the local by revealing the ways in which rural lives and rural places are enmeshed with national and global forces including legal ones.” She also blogs at


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