Robert Albro

Research Associate Professor, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

Robert Albro is Research Associate Professor at American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies. 

His research has focused on popular and indigenous politics along Bolivia’s urban periphery, including the changing terms of indigenous identity amid natural resource wars, resulting in his book, Roosters at Midnight: Indigenous Signs and Stigma in Local Bolivian Politics (School of Advanced Research Press, 2010). In addition to regularly writing about domestic and international cultural, science and climate policy, he also works on various interrelated questions concerning the social and cultural consequences of climate change, with attention to Latin America. 

Professor Albro has authored over 70 articles, book chapters, and research reports, and written or edited five books. He has been featured on NPR’s “Here and Now” and quoted in the NY Times, Time Magazine, Nature, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, by the BBC, NBC, and CNN Money, and elsewhere. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Mellon, Rockefeller, and Luce foundations, and the American Council on Learned Societies, among others. He has also been a Fulbright scholar, and has held fellowships at the Carnegie Council, the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, and Smithsonian Institution. Albro received his PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Current Projects

  Understanding climate migration in Latin America

• Climate change and the problem of non-economic loss and damage

• Indigenous and minority climate futures


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