Baron Pineda, Ph.D



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Since 2002 Baron Pineda has been conducting fieldwork at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript about this research tentatively entitled "Indigenous Conventions: Human Rights and Cultural Politics at the United Nations" in which he explores the nature of indigenous participation in the United Nations system. He is particularly interested in the ways in which cultural and ethnic difference is invoked in the context of international politics by indigenous peoples and the governmental and non-governmental agencies that interact with indigenous peoples. He is also documenting the impact that participation in international events such as these have on indigenous leaders and their communities. More broadly he is interested in documenting the sentiments of super-cultural collective identification (as indigenous peoples, third world peoples, people of color etc.) that meetings such as these generate. This project builds on his previous work on the politics of culture in Shipwrecked Identities: Navigating Race on Nicaragua's Mosquito Coast (Rutgers University Press, 2006).

Other Publications:
“The Chinese Creoles of Nicaragua: Identity, Economy, and
Revolution in a Caribbean Port City,” Journal of Asian American Studies 4(3):209-233, 2001.

”Creole Neighborhood or Miskito Community? A Case Study of Identity Politics in a Mosquito Coast Land Dispute,” Journal of Latin American Anthropology 6(1):94-130, 2001.

”Cosmopolitan or Primitive? Environmental Dissonance and Regional Ideology in the Mosquito Coast,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 25(4):35-55, 2001.

”Garifuna,” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United Stated, Edited by Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. Gonzalez. New York, Oxford University Press, 2005.

”Miskito and Misumalpan Languages,” Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Edited by Philip Strazny. New York, Routledge, 2005. Contact the author at for copies of these articles.