Nell Haynes

Faculty Profiles

Nell Haynes

Nell Haynes

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department Chair
Global Studies
Intercultural Studies
353 Spes Unica

Nell Haynes is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist researching themes of gender & indigeneity in Latin America. Specifically, she is interested in the ways that notions of who counts as “authentically indigenous” become expressed through and troubled by popular culture and media. Haynes earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at American University in 2013 with a concentration in race, gender, and social justice, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in anthropology and theater. She is author of Social Media in Northern Chile (2016) and co-author of How the World Changed Social Media (2016). Haynes is currently working on her second book, which explores how the pop culture spectacle of lucha libre—featuring women as chola characters—reflects and contributes to current debates over the nature of indigeneity in Bolivia. She also currently serves as the treasurer of the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.


PhD, American University
BS, Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise 

  • Latin America
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Indigeneity

Research Interests 

  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Social Media
  • Performance
  • Pop Culture

Courses Recently Taught 

  • Anthropology of Race & Racism
  • Culture & Language
  • Food & Culture
  • Global Research & Discovery
  • Indigeneity in the 21st Century
  • Introduction to Intercultural Studies
  • Pop Culture in Latin America

Professional Experience 

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's College
  • Faculty Fellow, Colby College
  • Assistant Teaching Professor, Georgetown University
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
  • Fellow the Centre for Digital Anthropology, University College London
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Universidad Católica de Chile

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Nell Haynes. 2020. "Ethnographic exposure and the anthropologist's performance: On getting into the ring with the cholitas luchadoras." Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 15(3):1-17.
  • Elisabetta Costa, Nell Haynes, Patricia Lange, and Jolynna Sinanan, editors. 2022. "Routledge Companion to Media Anthropology." London: Routledge.
  • Nell Haynes. 2020. "‘Overloaded like a Bolivian Truck’: Discursive constructions of gender, race, and nationalism in northern Chilean memes." Journal of Language and Sexuality 9(1): 69-92.
  • Nell Haynes. 2019. "Writing on the Walls: Discourses on Bolivian Immigrants in Chilean Meme Humor International Journal of Communication." 13:3122–3142. *Reprinted in Extreme Speech and Global Digital Media. 2021. Sahana Udupa, Peter Hervik, & Iginio Gagliardone, editors. Indiana University Press.
  • Nell Haynes. 2016. "Social Media in Northern Chile: Posting the Extraordinarily Ordinary." London: University College London Press. *Translated as: Las Redes Sociales en el Norte de Chile. Camila Yver, trans. London: University College London Press (2019).
  • Daniel Miller, Elisabetta Costa, Nell Haynes, Tom McDonald, Razvan Nicolescu, Jolynna Sinanan, Juliano Spyer, Shriram Venkatraman, and Xinyuan Wang. 2016. "How the World Changed Social Media." London: University College London Press.

Professional Memberships 

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Association of Feminist Anthropologists
  • Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
  • Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
  • Society for Urban, National, and Transnational Anthropology
  • Faculty Fellow in Center for Women in Leadership