Jim Sewastynowicz

Professor of Anthropology

Office: 207-A Martin Hall
Telephone: (256) 782-5235
Fax Number: (256) 782-5336
Email: jsewasty@jsu.edu 

Mailing Address:
Chemistry and Geosciences
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, AL 36265

Ph.D. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1979
M.A. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1974
B.A. State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, 1973

Research Experience:
As a Latin American anthropologist, I have traveled extensively in Central America, visiting many of the ancient Mayan sites in Guatemala, Honduras and the Yucatan, and spending several field seasons conducting ethnographic research in Costa Rica, most recently, in the summer of 2009. Major topics of investigation have included the processes and effects of tropical forest settlement, community-level political behavior, globalization processes and outcomes, and Indigenous Cabecar culture, including the role of religion and chicha in the maintenance of native cultural traditions.

Major Publications:
"'Two Step' Migration and Upward Mobility on the Frontier: The Safety Valve Effect in Pejibaye, Costa Rica." Economic Development and Cultural Change 34(July, 1986):731-753. Reprinted In Where Cultures Meet: Frontiers in Latin American History. David J. Weber and Jane M. Rausch, eds. 1994. Jaguar Books. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources.

"Community Power Brokers and National Political Parties in Rural Costa Rica." Anthropological Quarterly 56(July, 1983):107-115

Forthcoming Paper:
"Holy Huaquero: Pot Hunting as Pastime in Latin America." Paper to be Presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Sciences, Huntsville, Alabama, April 1, 2010.

Jim Sewastynowicz