Jordan Levy

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Office Location:Xavier Hall - Room 110

Status:On Sabbatical

  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Peace Scholars Committee

Education

  • 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

Biography

Why do you serve on the Peace Scholars Committee? 

My long-term connections with Honduras are what brought me to anthropology and academic work. The extent to which the country endures vast inequalities and increasing levels of everyday violence is constantly on my mind – whether I’m on campus, or at home. I don’t see any easy solutions, but I do believe in the important role that respectful listening and meaningful dialogue can play for any kind of meaningful steps toward conflict resolution. I am therefore delighted to serve on the Peace Scholars Committee because the program provides students with the opportunity to develop their own abilities to communicate in cross-cultural contexts, to understand multiple and overlapping factors, and the tools to work through conflictive situations in our contemporary globalized world. I also appreciate how much the program is organically aligned with both PLU’s mission statement and some of the most important lessons from anthropology.”

Professional information

Jordan D. Levy is a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in the study of political culture and state formation – particularly the politics of public education, out-migration, and the 2009 military coup – in Honduras, Central America.

Teaching is a passion for Professor Levy. At PLU he teaches anthropology courses that explore the impact of globalization and neoliberalism; ethnographic approaches to understanding state power and resistance movements; and how immigrant communities in the US and around the world strive for social justice. He also teaches the Makah Culture study away course, offered every January in Neah Bay, WA.

Dr. Levy regularly serves as an expert witness for Honduran asylum applicants fleeing from gang violence, gendered violence, and political violence. He has written affidavits and testified for immigration courts in both the US and UK, on a variety of different cases. 

Selected Publications 

Levy, Jordan and Sandra Estrada. (2020). “‘La Gente de Washington es la Más Tranquila’ (People from Washington are the Most Laid-Back): An Ethnographic Perspective on Honduran and Salvadoran Migration to the Pacific Northwest.” Journal of Northwest Anthropology. 54(1):1–21.

Levy, Jordan. (2020). “Honduran Political Culture and Ambivalent Experiences during the Outbreak and Immediate Aftermath of the 2009 Coup.” A Contracorriente: Una Revista de Estudios Latinoamericanos. 17(3): 227–254.

Levy, Jordan. (2019). “Reforming Schools, Disciplining Teachers: Decentralization and Privatization of Education in Honduras.” Anthropology and Education Quarterly 50(2):170–188.

Levy, Jordan. (2017). “Schoolteachers and National ‘Public’ Education in Honduras: Navigating the Reforms and Re-Founding the State.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 22(1):137–156.