Department of Anthropology

Maria Villar

Office: 5018
Phone: 973-720-2102
Office Hours:

Department: Anthropology
Position: Associate Professor

Area Specialization
Immigration, Ethnicity, Language & Culture, Pedagogy, Latin America


Ph.D. (Cultural Anthropology) Indiana University, Bloomington 

M.S. (Computer Science) SUNY, Stony Brook, NY

B.S. (Physics & Mathematics) University of Puerto Rico, PR


Diversity and Equity in SchoolsOrigins and Diversity of Humankind,  Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, Anthropology Senior Seminar, Anthropological Theory and Methods,  Applied Anthropology,  Understanding Culture, Cultural Change in Latin America, Law and Society and Culture, Shamans,

Origins and Diversity of Humankind

Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

Anthropology Senior Seminar

Anthropological Theory and Methods

Applied Anthropology

Understanding Culture

Cultural Change in Latin America

Law and Society and Culture

Shamans, Witches, and Magic

Selected Publications

2007 “Values.” In V. Parrillo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

1999 “The Amnesty Reveals Intra-Ethnic Divisions Among Mexican Migrants,” Urban Anthropology 28 (1): 37-64

1994 “Hindrances to the Development of an Ethnic Economy Among Mexican Migrants," Human Organization 53 (3): 263-268

1992 "Changes in Employment Networks among Undocumented Mexican Migrants in Chicago," Urban Anthropology 21(4): 385-397

1990 "Rethinking Settlement Processes: The Experience of Undocumented Mexican Migrants in Chicago," Urban Anthropology 19(1): 63-80