Laura Nussbaum-Barberena is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on social movements, migration and violence.
Nussbaum-Barberena is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on social movements, migration and violence. Through research into these different social experiences, she has explored the ways they are shaped by the context of local and global gender, racial, ethnic and national hierarchies. In particular, she is interested in the different (local and global) experiences and influences people draw on in developing decolonized feminist thought. She has conducted research in the greater Chicago metropolitan area as well as different locations throughout Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Her past project has worked with different immigrant associations; her next project will explore women’s producer cooperatives. Nussbaum-Barberena previously spent just under a decade working for social justice focused study abroad programs in Central America. From this, as well as her research experience, she developed a deep appreciation for the need to explore and develop equitable cross-cultural exchange. Nussbaum-Barberena was a visiting faculty member at Bennington for the 2016-2017 academic year.