Jordan Levy

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Office Location:Xavier Hall - Room 110

Status:On Sabbatical

  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Peace Scholars Committee


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Western Ontario
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Western Ontario
  • B.A., Anthropology and Spanish, Eastern Washington University

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Political Anthropology
  • Ethnography of the State
  • Honduras
  • Latin America
  • Development Policies
  • International Labor Migration
  • Applied and Engaged Anthropology


IHON 258: Ethnographic Perspectives on State Formation, Fall 2017


Jordan is a sociocultural anthropologist with a research background focused on contemporary Honduras – its policies of governance since the 2009 military coup, and patterns of out-migration. At PLU he teaches a range of anthropology courses within and beyond his specialty, and wherever appropriate, aims to raise awareness about ongoing struggles for social justice in Central America. To this end, he has brought to PLU courses that explore how studies of Latin America have informed anthropological theory and praxis; the impact of free trade policies; what it means to study the state from an ethnographic perspective; and the various ways that international migrants in our contemporary globalized world build their lives between more than one nation-state.

Some of Jordan’s service endeavors at PLU that are most organically aligned with his research and teaching interests include inviting guest speakers and organizing public educational events around land tenure rights in post-coup Honduras, and understanding the localized relevance of the ‘caravan’ of migrants who are seeking political asylum in the US. He has served on the Global Education Committee, and the committee for the Global Studies major. He joins other faculty at PLU in aiming to support students who are negatively affected by current US immigration policies. Currently he is conducting a faculty-student collaborative ethnographic research project about the Salvadoran and Honduran migrant community in Washington State, focused on people’s livelihood strategies and their agency in choosing to remain in the Pacific Northwest amidst increasingly precarious political conditions.