Bobby Vaughn, Ph.D.

Professor, Anthropology


  • Ph.D., Anthropology. Stanford University, 2001.
  • AM, Anthropology, Stanford University, 1997.
  • Program in Language and Culture. Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, 1992.
  • AB, magna cum laude, Government and Law & Spanish Language and Literature. Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1993.

Courses Taught

  • Race and Ethnicity in Mexico
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Blackness in Latin America
  • Topics in Nationalism and Ethnicity
  • Anthropology of Mexico
  • Latin American Area Studies
  • Race and Ethnicity in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Case Studies in Migration, Transmigration, and Exile
  • The Human Experience – First Year Interdisciplinary Core Course

Research and Interests

  • Race, ethnicity, race and gender, blackness, African diaspora, slavery, Mexican intellectual history, indigeneity, Latin American nationalism, transnational migration, peasant society, qualitative methods, visual anthropology (photography), Mexico, Latin America.


  • Black Diaspora Consortium Summer Research Grant, University of Texas, Austin, August 2003
  • Amos Scholar/Lecturer, Lincoln University, March 8, 2000
  • MacArthur Consortium Dissertation Fellowship at Center of International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, 1999-2000
  • National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Grant, 1998-1999
  • National Science Foundation Minority Fellowship for Graduate Study, 1995-1998
  • Centennial Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1997
  • Fulbright IIE Grant to study Afro-Mexican Experience, 1993-1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania,  1993
  • George Wharton Pepper Prize, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1993


  • Vaughn, Bobby and Ben Vinson III. Unfinished Migrations: From the Mexican South to the American South – Impressions on Afro-Mexican Migration to North Carolina In Beyond Slavery: The Multilayered Legacy of Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean. Davis, Darién J., ed. pp. 223-245. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.
  • Vaugh, Bobby. Afro-Mexico: Blacks, Indígenas, Politics, and the Greater Diaspora. In Neither Enemies Nor Friends: Latinos, Blacks, Afro-Latinos. A. Dzidzienyo and S. Oboler, eds. pp. 117-136. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • Vaughn, Bobby. “The Discurive Negation of Blackness in Contemporary Mexico.” Review of Black Political Economy. 33(1), 2005.
  • Vinson, Ben and Bobby Vaughn. Afroméxico: El pulso de la población negra en México: Una historia recordada, olvidada y vuelta a recordar. Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2004.
  • Vaughn, Bobby. Race and Nation: A Study of Blackness in Mexico. Doctoral Dissertation. Stanford University, 2001.
  • Vaughn, Bobby. “Mexico in the Context of the Slave Trade.” Diálogo. (5):14-19, 2001.


  • “Blacks in Mexico. Who Knew?” Invited talk, The Fellowship Forum, Palo Alto, California, February 13, 2007.
  • “Mexican Blackness: Afro-Mexicans Past and Present,” Keynote address, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Events, University of California at San Francisco, January 17, 2006.
  • “Afro-Mexicans of the Costa Chica,” at National Council of La Raza’s Afro-Mexico: Africa’s Legacy in Mexican Culture, Washington, DC., May 11, 2005.
  • “From the Mexican South to the American South: Afro-Mexican Migration to North Carolina,” at New Directions in North American Scholarship on Afro-Mexico, Penn State University, October 15, 2004.
  • “The Discursive Negation of Blackness in Contemporary Mexico,” at Engaging North America Part I: Interrogating the African Presence in Mexico, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 26, 2002.
  • “Blackness in Contemporary Mexico: Discourses of Mestizaje and Indigenismo,” at International Cultural Encounter in Cuba: History, Culture and Society in the African Diaspora, as part of panel, “Afro-Mexican Identities Past and Present,” Havana, Cuba, July, 2000.
  • “Mexicans of African Descent,” as part of “Blacks in the Southwest, 1880-2000: A Visual Representation,” University of New Mexico, February, 2000.
  • “Indigenismo, Mestizaje, and the Contemporary Afro-Mexican Experience,” at AmericanAnthropological Association Meetings, as part of panel, “Blackness by Any Other Name,” November, 1999.
  • “Black Mexico: Race and Nation in the Costa Chica Regions of Guerrero and Oaxaca,” at International Expressions ’99, The Franklin H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diaspora Institute, October, 1999.
  • “La Raza y La Nación: La Conciencia Racial en México,” at international symposium Balances, retos y perspectivas de los estudios sobre la población de origen africano en México hacia fines de siglo, Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico, November 1997.
  • “Perspectives on Black-Indian Relations in Colonial Mexico,” at National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salt Lake City, Utah, , 1993.
  • Oral presentation and slide presentation at Caribbean Cultural Center, New York City, “African Legacy in Mexico,” 1993.

Fieldwork Experience

  • Short-term ethnographic research in North Carolina, Black Diaspora Consortium, UT Austin, 2004
  • Summer research and writing in Oaxaca (Costa Chica), Black Diaspora Consortium, UT Austin, 2003
  • Dissertation research in Oaxaca (Costa Chica) and Veracruz, Mexico, (NSF Grant) 1998-1999
  • Field research in Oaxaca, Mexico, Summer 1997
  • Field research in Oaxaca, Mexico, Summer 1996
  • Initial research in Oaxaca and Guerrero (Costa Chica), Mexico (Fulbright IIE Grant), 1993-1994