Department of Society, Culture, and Language

Department of Society, Culture, and Language


Ella Schmidt

Department of Society, Culture, and Language

University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

140 Seventh Ave. South DAV 258

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5016


University of California, Davis, Davis, California

Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology

Université de Paris VII – Jussieu, Paris, France

Masters in Cultural Anthropology

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú

B.A. in Cultural Anthropology


Medical Spanish Instructor – Intensive Training Program offered by the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program/USF College of Medicine in collaboration with the Padovan Language Institute of Miami, Florida – June 1996.


Spanish, French, English and some German.


I have designed and taught the following courses:

People of the Andes, with a Study Abroad component in Pisac (Cusco), Peru

Mexico and Central America (Anthropology Course)

Anthropological Linguistics

Ethnic Diversity in the U.S. (Anthropology/Exit Course

Gender in Cross Cultural Perspectives (Anthropology/Exit Course

Women and Development in Latin America (Interdisciplinary Social Studies)

Senior Seminar in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (Interdisciplinary Social

Studies-Capstone Research and Writing Seminar

Social Perspectives I and II – (Learning Communities) University of South


Non-Western Perspectives – (Learning Communities) University of South


Class and Ethnicity in the Americas (Interdisciplinary Social Studies

(Exit course)

The Social Construction of Knowledge and Reality: a Conversation

(Interdisciplinary Social Studies (Intro.course)

Language and Culture

Graduate Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology (Anthropology Dept.), University

of South Florida


Invited intensive Graduate Seminar on “Cultural Citizenship.” Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas (IIA). Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City. October 13-17th, 2008.

Secondary Social Studies High School Teachers District-Wide Training, Pinellas County. Workshop on Indigenous Mexican Migrant Students. St. Petersburg, August 14th, 2013.

Research mentor and supervisor of Mexican Masters Students form the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH) working with indigenous migrants in Clearwater, Florida. Fall 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Medical Spanish (Area Health Education Centers), University of South Florida, 1997,

2001, 2003


August 2010– to date - Associate Professor, Dept. of Society, Culture and Language, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

August 2003 –2010 - Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Social Studies, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

February 2004 to May 2005 – Consultant, OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, Philadelphia/Marguerite Casey Foundation, Seattle: “Learning Community Clusters.”

August 2002 to May 2003 – Visiting Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Social Studies, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

July 1998 to May 2002 – Visiting Instructor, Interdisciplinary Social Studies/Learning Communities, University of South Florida, Tampa

September 1996 to June 1998 – Grant Coordinator, International Affairs Center, University of South Florida (part-time position).

- Adjunct Professor, Anthropology Dept. University of South Florida (Master Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology).


W.K. Kellogg Foundation – Graduate Studies

Inter-American Foundation - “ “


USF-Hispanic Heritage Status of Latinos (SOL)– Faculty Award

USF – Saint Petersburg – Internal Research/Creative Scholarship Grant. Summer 2014.

USF– International Travel Grant. Fall 2013.

Fulbright-Garcia Robles – Associate Professor Research Grant. 2011- 2012

The Global as Local: Hñahñu Communal Ethos Revisited. One-year research

among indigenous Hñahñu of Mezquital Valley, Hidalgo, Mexico focusing on

communal citizenship and identity and deliberative democratic-consensus seeking

processes present in communal self-governing structures and procedures.

USF – Saint Petersburg – New Investigator Research Grant – Summer 2004

Straddling the Tracks: Mexican Migrants and Diverging Realities. Summer research grant to do comparative work between farmworker rural communities in Pasco Co., Florida and urban Mexican migrants in Clearwater, Florida.

USF Globalization Research Center (GRC) –2002-2003

Seed grant to fund preliminary research on the connections between economic

integration and civic participation of transnational communities and the effects

these connections have on the host communities and the communities of origin.

The project entitled BuildingTransnational Community Linkages: The

Hidalgo-Clearwater Connection focused on the communities of Mexican

immigrants in the Clearwater area and their communities of origin in Mexico.

Proposal submitted jointly with María Crummett – University of Tampa.

University of South Florida (USF) – University Community Initiative/Instructional

Grant - 2000-2001

Course Title: Rural Realities: Florida’s Farmworkers. Upper division course with

strong service component with local farmworker communities.


Society for Applied Anthropology-Fellow

Latin American Studies Association-Member

Fulbright Scholar Discipline Peer Review Committee Member – August 2013-

April 2016

Sponsor of Fulbright Research Fellow – Greek Diaspora – Florida – December

2015-March 2016.

Occasional reviewer for:

Journal Globalizations-International Editorial Board Member

Estudios de Cultura Otopame-Manuscript Reviewer

Dimensión Antropológica – Manuscript Reviewer

American Anthropologist – Manuscript Reviewer

New York University Press – Book reviewer

The Historian – Book Reviewer

Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology - Book reviewer

Routledge-Religion & Anthropology – Book Proposal Reviewer

Perspectives on Sciences: Special Issue on Populations of Cognition

Co-Convener-Dialogic Conference on Globalization and Culture.

Globalization Research Center/USF-Tampa, Spring 2006

Co-Chair Symposium-“Lugar de orígen, lugar de destino. La transnacionalidad de

los migrantes.” 53rd International Congress of Americanists, Mexico

D.F. July 19-24, 2009

Co-Chair-XI International Colloquium on Otopame, Migration, Extended

Community, and Citizenship. University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

September 14-18, 2009.


Schmidt, Ella. “History as Narration: resistance and subaltern subjectivity in Micaela

Bastidas’ “Confession.”Feminist Review 113(1)2016: 34-49.

Schmidt Ella. “Ciudadanía comunal y patrimonio cultural indígena: el caso del Valle

del Mezquital, Hidalgo. Dimensión Antropológica (Instituto Nacional de

Antropología e Historia, Mexico D.F.) 20(59)2013: 147-162.

Schmidt, Ella. “Otavalo Diaspora in Historical Perspective: Different Opportunities,

Different Paths”. In Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Wiley

Blackwell. 2012.

Schmidt, Ella. “Citizenship from below: Hñahñu heritage in a transnational world.”

Latino Studies 10(1-2)2012: 196-219.

Baez Cubero, L., Crummett, Maria, Fierro Alonso, U. J., Garret Rios, M.G., Moreno

Alcántara, B. and Schmidt, Ella. “De mi parcela al ancho mundo.” Efectos de la

movilidad en Hidalgo, México y Clearwater, Florida, Estados Unidos. IN La

migración indígena. Causas y efectos en la cultura, en la economía y en la

población. Etnografia de los Pueblos Indígenas de México Series. Comisión

Nacional de Antropología e Historia-Instituto de Antropología e Historia. México, D.F. 2012.

Schmidt, Ella. “Marginales o Ciudadanos? El Caso de los ÑähÑus en Clearwater,

Florida. In Homenaje a Yolanda Lastra. X Coloquio Internacional de

Otopames. Ana María Salazar & Verónica Kugel, eds. Mexico D.F.: Universidad Autónoma de México and Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas. 2010.

Schmidt, Ella. The Dream Fields of Florida: Mexican Farmworkers and the Myth

of Belonging. Lanham: Lexington Books. 2009

Schmidt, Ella.Localismo, Globalismo y la Expansión de Tradiciones Culturales: el Caso

de los Hñahñu (Otomí) de Hidalgo, Mexico y Clearwater, Florida. Estudios de

Cultura Otopame. Vol. VI. UNAM: Instituto de Investigaciones

Antropológicas. 2008

Stavig, Ward & Ella Schmidt. The Tupac Amaru and Catarista Rebellions: An

Anthology of Sources. Edited and translated by Ward Stavig and Ella Schmidt

with an introduction by Charles Walker. Mass.: Hackett Publishing Co. 2008.

Archer, Kevin, M. Martin Bosman, M. Mark Amen & Ella Schmidt. Cultures of

Globalization. Coherence, Hybridity, Contestation. London and New York:

Routledge. 2008

Schmidt, Ella. “Whose Culture? Globalism, Localism, and the Expansion of Tradition;

the Case of the Hñähñu of Hidalgo, Mexico and Clearwater, Florida.” Special

Issue of Globalizations “Cultures of Globalization: Coherence, Hybridity, and

Contestation” 4(1)2007: 101-114.

Archer, K, M. Bosman, M. Amen & E. Schmidt. “Locating Globalizations and

Cultures.” Special Issue of Globalizations“Cultures of Globalization:

Coherence, Hybridity, and Contestation.” 4(1)2007: 1-14.

Archer, K., M. Bosman, M. Amen and E. Schmidt. “Hegemony-Counter-Hegemony:

Imagining a New, Post-Nation-State Cartography of Culture in an Age of

Globalization.” Special Issue of Globalizations “Cultures of Globalization:

Coherence, Hybridity, and Contestation.” 4(1)2007: 115-135.

Schmidt, Ella. “Sustainable Community for Sustainable Development: A Case Study of

the Mujeres Reunidas Cooperative in Hidalgo, Mexico.” Journal of Developing

Societies22(4)2006: 379-400.

Schmidt, Ella. “Sustainable Community for Sustainable Development: “Mujeres

Reunidas”and the Hñähñu of Hidalgo, Mexico.” In Poverty and Environmental

Sustainability: Global Perspectives. Tampa: Patel Center for Global Solutions.

Schmidt, Ella & María Crummett. “Herencias recreadas: capital social y cultural entre

los hñahñu en Florida e Hidalgo.” In Jonathan Fox & Gaspar Rivera Salgado, eds

Migrantes Indígenas Mexicanos en los Estados Unidos. América Latina y el

Nuevo Orden Mundial Series. Mexico: Miguel Angel Porrúa y Universidad

Autonónoma de Zacatecas. 2004

Schmidt, Ella & María Crummett. “Heritage Recreated: Hidalguenses in the U.S. and

Mexico,” In Jonathan Fox & Gaspar Rivera Salgado, eds. Indigenous Mexican

Migrants in the United States. Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies & Center for

Comparative Immigration Studies. San Diego: Univ. of California. 2004

Schmidt, Ella. “Schools and the Failure of the American Dream,” Punto Final. The

Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education. November 2000.

Orlove, Benjamin & Ella Schmidt. “Swallowing their pride: indigenous and industrial

beer inPeru and Bolivia,” Theory and Society 24(1995):271-298

Quiros, C.F., R. Ortega, L.van Raamsdonk, M. Herrera-Montoya, P. Cisneros, E.Schmidt

& S.Brush. “Increase of potato genetic resources in their center of diversity: the

role ofnatural outcrossing and selection by the Andean farmer,” Genetic

Resources and CropEvaluation 39(1992):107-113.

Schmidt, Ella. “Estrategias Tradicionales de Almacenamiento de Papa Autoconsumo en

el Dpto.del Cusco.” Documento de Trabajo 1989-2. Lima: Dept. de Ciencias

Sociales, CentroInternacional de la Papa.

Brush, S. M. Bellon & E. Schmidt. “Agricultural Development and Maize Diversity in

Mexico,” Human Ecology 16(1988):307-328.

Schmidt, Ella, O. Cuyubamba, R. Rhoades, & R. Booth. A case study of the generation,

transfer and adoption of the diffused light technology for storing seed potato

tubers in Peru. Part II in Developing an appropriate technology for small farmers

in Third World countries. Lima: Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP). 1985.

Rhoades, R., R. Booth, E. Schmidt. An illustration of CIP’s approach to the generation

and transfer of post-harvest technologies. Part I in Developing an appropriate

technology for small farmers in Third World countries. Lima: Centro

Internacional de la Papa (CIP). 1985.

Bidegaray, Pedro & E. Schmidt. “Selección y adopción de variedades de papa en

Cusco,” Sur.Boletín Informativo Agrario VII(1985):17-22. Cusco, Perú.


Envisioning America: New Chinese Americans and the Politics of Belonging. Tritia

Toyota. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2009. American Anthropologist


Equality in Difference: hierarchical multiculturalism and membership illusions. –

Duncan Ivinson. Ed. The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism.

Human Studies 34(4)2011: 489-494.

The Tupac Amaru Rebellion. Charles F. Walker. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard

University Press. The Historian. Forthcoming.

The Mayans among Us. Migrant Women and Meatpacking on the Great Plains. Ann L. Sittig and Martha Florinda Gonzalez. Lincoln and London: University of

Nebraska Press. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.



Sarat, Leah. Fire in the Canyon. Religion, Migration, and the Mexican Dream. New

York: New York University Press. 2013.


"Memory, Identity and Migration." Invited Key Note Presentation. XVII

International Colloquium of Otopame.Universidad Autónoma del

Estado de Mexico, Toluca, Mexico. October 17-21st, 2016

“La recreación de la identidad en contextos diaspóricos: el caso Hñahñu.” Invited

teleconference. Anthropology and Globalization Symposium: Migration and

Identity. Universidad Autonóma del Estado de México, Toluca. April 27th, 2016.

“Communal Citizenship and indigenous cultural commons; the case of the Valle del

Mezquital, Mexico.” Society for Applied Anthropology, 2013 Annual Meeting. Denver, April 19-23, 2013

“Towards a New Geometry of migration: transnational migration and the nation-

state.” XXX International Congress of theLatin American Studies Association.

San Francisco, May 23-26,2012

“Ciudadanía comunal y patrimonio cultural indígena: el caso del Valle del

Mezquital, Hidalgo.” 1er Seminario Internacional Permanente de la Cátedra

UNESCO. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo. (UAEH) Pachuca,

Hidalgo, April 18th, 2012.

“Ciudadanía comunal y patrimonio cultural indígena: el caso del Valle del

Mezquital, Hidalgo.” 3er Congreso Nacional de Ciencias Sociales. Eje 11:

Patrimonio Cultura e Identidades Colectivas.Consejo Mexicano de Ciencias

Sociales. Mexico, D.F., February 26-March1st, 2012.

“Still a Dream: Membership, Inequality, and the American Dream.” Hispanic

Leadership Conference “Embracing our Changing Community. Promoting

Understanding and Collaboration.” Clearwater, FL, July 30th, 2010.

“Hñahñus de Clearwater y de Ixmiquilpan.” Key Note Paper. XI International

Otopame Colloquium. St. Petersburg, Florida. University of South Florida-St.

Petersburg, September 14-18, 2009.

“Ciudadanía desde abajo: herencias culturales en un mundo transnacional. El caso

hñähñu.” Lugar de orígen, lugar de destino. La transnacionalidad de los

migrantes. Symposium at the 53rd International Americanists Congress. Mexico

D.F., July 19-24, 2009.

“Marginales o Ciudadanos?: el caso de los Hñähñu en Clearwater, Florida.” Key

Note Paper.X Coloquio Internacional de Otopames 2008. Mexico, D.F. October

20-24, 2008

“La Historia como Narrativa: resistencia y subjetividad subalterna en las

confesiones de Micaela Bastidas.” II Coloquio Internacional de Historia y

Literatura. Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico. October 1-4, 2008.

“From Hidalgo to Clearwater.” Providing Services to a Multicultural Community in

Healthcare Settings. An Educational Program sponsored by the Hispanic

Leadership Council. Clearwater, FL. September 26th, 2008.

“Ritos de la vida cívica. Espacio y cultura en la construcción de una ciudadanía

local.” IX Coloquio Internacional sobre Otopames 2007. Universidad de

Veracruz. Xalapa, Veracruz. November 12-16, 2007.

“Whose Culture? Globalism, Localism, and the Expansion of Tradition; the Case of

the Hñähñu of Hidalgo, Mexico and Clearwater, Florida.” Dialogic

Conference Globalization, Cities, and the Production of Culture. University of

South Florida, Tampa, April 5-7th, 2006

“Rituals of Daily Life: Space and Culture in the Construction of Local Citizenship.”

Dialogic Conference Globalization and Civic Space: Cities, Community Life and

the Public Sphere. U. of Hawaii-Globalization Research Center, Hawaii, August

15-17th, 2005.

“Transnacionalismo y Migración: el caso de los Hñähñu del Valle del Mezquital en

Clearwater, Florida.” Invited paper with María Crummett. Seminario sobre

Migración Indígena-Problemas Teórico-Metodológicos y Estudios de Caso.

Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas/Universidad

Autónoma de México (UNAM)/Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, México

City. April 21st-22nd, 2005.

“Sustainable Community for Sustainable Development: “Mujeres Reunidas” and

the Hñähñu ofHidalgo, México.” Invited paper. Symposia on Globalization

and Sustainable Development. USF Globalization Research Center, Tampa,

Florida. April 7th, 2005.

“Ciudadanía hñähñu: lecciones comunitarias en un mundo individualista; notas

preliminares.” Invited Key Note Paper. VI Coloquio Internacional Sobre

Otopames-Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas/Universidad Autónoma de

México (UNAM). México City, November 8-12, 2004.

“Heritage Recreated: Cultural and Social entrepreneurship among the Hñähñu in

the U.S. andMexico” with María Crummett. Latin American Studies

Association (LASA) XXVInternational Congress, Las Vegas, October 7-9, 2004.

“Herencias Recreadas: Capital Social y Cultural entre los Hñahñu en Florida e

Hidalgo,” with Maria Crummett. Seminario sobre Migración Indígena.

Coordinación Nacional deAntropología-Instituto Nacional de Antropología e

Historia. México City, August 27th, 2004.

“Heritage Recreated: the Hidalgo-Clearwater Connection,” 34th Annual Meeting of

the Urban Affairs Association, Washington D.C., March 31-April 3, 2004.

“Herencias Recreadas: Hidalguenses en los Estados Unidos y México,” with María

Crummett. First International Colloquium on Migration and Development:

“Transnationalism and New Perspectives for Integration.” Zacatecas, México,

October 23-25, 2003.

“Spheres of Influence and Area Studies: The Hidalgo-Clearwater Connection.”

With María Crummett. XXIV International Congress-LASA, Dallas, March 27-

29th, 2003

“Building Transnational Communities: The Hidalgo-Clearwater Connection.” With

MaríaCrummett. 16th Annual Research Conference: Expanding the Research

Base-USF Department of Child and Family Studies (FMHI), March 2-5, 2003.

“Global Citizens and American Spaces: the Hidalgo-Clearwater Story.”

101st Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, November 20-24, 2002.

“Appropriating the National Discourse: Mexican Farmworkers and Readings of

Citizenship.” National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, Houston,

February 12-17, 2001.

“Consumption Dynamics among Mexican Farmworkers in Central Florida:

Mexican Farmworkers and the Dream of Belonging,” Social Science History

AssociationConference, Pittsburgh, October 26-29, 2000.

“No me importa: Schools and the Failure of the American Dream,” Hispanic

Professional Women Association Luncheon, Tampa, May 5th, 1999.

“Domestic Violence and Latino Culture: How to Help Latino Women in a

CulturallyMeaningful Way.” Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Annual ConferenceSt. Petersburg, Florida, May 5-6, 1994.

“Cultural Perspectives on Women and Development: the Case of the Southern

Andes of Peru,”Women in Agriculture Conference, Univ. of California, Davis,

January 29th, 1990.

“Introducing Anthropology into Regional and National Programs: the Case of

Peru,” Social Sciences Planning Conference-Session V. International Potato

Center, Lima, Peru.September 1987.


Hispanic Outreach Center, Clearwater – Council Member

Intercultural Advocacy Institute, Clearwater – Board Member 2008-2014

Consejo Mexicano de la Bahia de Tampa (CMBT), Clearwater-Advisory Group


Summer Program for Hispanic Young Women – CMBT-St.Pete College, Clearwater.

2002, 20013, 2014,

Mexican Consulate, Orlando - Grant Evaluator-Instituto Mexicano de Becas (IME) for

Mexican and Mexican American students. 2012, 2013, 2014

Speaker - Latin American Folk Culture in Florida. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center,

September 20th, 2013.

Moderator – St. Petersburg in the World Conference. USF St. Petersburg, March 2013.