In June 2011, I completed my doctorate in anthropology (with a designated emphasis in Latin American/Latino Studies) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I earned my BA in anthropology (honours) from the University of British Columbia in 2004. My research focuses on the interactions between local children and foreign tourists in Cusco, Peru. In my dissertation, entitled “Appeals of Childhood: Child Vendors, Volunteer Tourists, and Visions of Aid in Cusco, Peru,” I investigate the ideas about childhood, poverty, work, and assistance that circulate within these encounters. In particular, I study the selling strategies and household economies of child vendors who sell souvenirs in the streets to tourists and the moral economy of children’s assistance programs (NGOs) and the volunteer tourism that helps to sustain such aid projects. My research also addresses state policies on child labor and tourism development.

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asinervo “at” sfsu.edu

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
Anthropology Department, Fine Arts 525
San Francisco, CA
94132, USA


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