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Goett, Jennifer

Associate Professor

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room S312
East Lansing, MI 48825


Jennifer Goett is Associate Professor of Comparative Cultures and Politics at James Madison College, Michigan State University. She is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in political and feminist anthropology. Her research interests include race, gender and feminist theory, social movements, human rights, violence and the state, and critical security studies in Latin America. She has published work on indigenous and Afrodescendant social movements for multicultural rights in Central America, particularly Nicaragua, and on state sexual violence, racialized policing, and infrastructure megaprojects. Goett is the author of Black Autonomy: Race, Gender, and Afro-Nicaraguan Activism (Stanford University Press 2016). The book examines the gendered strategies that Afrodescendant Creole women and men use to assert autonomy over their bodies, labor, and spaces in the context of drug war militarization and state violence in postwar Nicaragua. Her articles have appeared in American Ethnologist, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) News blog, and other journals and edited volumes. For two decades, she has engaged in activist work with indigenous and Afrodescendant communities in Nicaragua and Honduras, focusing on collaborative research to secure collective rights to land and natural resources.


Dr. Goett is the recipient of a 2017 Michigan State University Teacher Scholar Award.