Currently accepting graduate students - yes

  • Master's
  • PhD


  • ANTH 1220 - Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 3200 - Anthropology of Food
  • ANTH 3470 - History of Anthropology 
  • ANTH 3750 - Anthropological Perspectives on Globalization
  • ANTH 7102 - Environmental Conflict, Rights, and Justice


Fabiana Li is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba. Her research and teaching explore the intersections between food, culture, environment, and social justice, with a focus on Latin America. Her work examines conflicts over resource extraction and the production of knowledge in controversies over pollution, water, agriculture, community rights, and corporate accountability.


  • PhD (Anthropology), University of California, Davis
  • MA (Anthropology), Simon Fraser University
  • BA Honours (Anthropology), University of Toronto


Research interests

  • Sociocultural anthropology
  • Food politics
  • Environmental justice
  • Science and technology studies
  • Latin America

Selected publications

  • Li, Fabiana. (2022). "Materiality and the politics of seeds in the global expansion of quinoa." Food, Culture, and Society. DOI: 10.1080/15528014.2022.2152608
  • Li, Fabiana and Teresa Velasquez. (2022). Water and Conflict. In Lorenzo D’Angelo and Robert Jan Pijpers (Eds.), The Anthropology of Resource Extraction. London: Routledge.
  • Li, Fabiana and Beatriz Manzano Chura. (2021). Quinoa and Small-Scale Agriculture in Times of COVID-19, Anthropology Now, 13:2, 54-64.
  • Li, F. (2019). Bridging Academia, Activism, and Visual Culture in Conflicts over Resource Extraction. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, 1(4): 76–81.
  • Li, Fabiana and Adriana Paredes. (2018). Stories of Resistance: Translating Nature, Indigeneity and Place in Mining Activism. In Ødegaard C. and Rivera J. (Eds), Indigenous life-making projects and politics of extractivism in South America: Ethnographic approaches. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Li, F. (2018). Moving Glaciers: Remaking Nature and Mineral Extraction in Chile. Latin American Perspectives, 45(5), 102–119.
  • Li, F. (2017). Desenterrando el Conflicto: Empresas mineras, activistas y expertos en el Perú. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (Institute of Peruvian Studies).
  • Li, F. (2016). In Defense of Water: Modern Mining, Grassroots Movements, and Corporate Strategies in Peru. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. 21(1): 109-129
  • Li, F. (2015) Unearthing Conflict: Corporate Mining, Activism, and Expertise in Peru. Durham: Duke University Press. 
  • Li, F. (2013). Relating Divergent Worlds: Mines, Aquifers and Sacred Mountains in Peru. Anthropologica. 55(2): 399-411.

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