University of Houston - Clear Lake
School of Human Sciences and Humanities

— Faculty Profile

Christine Kovic
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Christine Kovic

Email: kovic@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2617
Phone: 281-283-3365

Mailing Address:
University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Campus Box 202
Houston, TX 77058

Christine Kovic is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She has conducted research on the topics of human rights and religion in Mexico and the United States for the last 15 years. Her previous research on indigenous rights in southern Mexico has been published in Mayan Voices for Human Rights: Displaced Catholics in Highland Chiapas (University of Texas Press, 2005) and Women of Chiapas: Making History in Times of Struggle and Hope (Routledge, 2003 co-edited with Christine Eber). Most recently, she has been conducting interviews with Central American migrants crossing southern Mexico en route to the United States on the topic of human rights. She is collaborating with a number of groups on the issue of day laborers and worker rights in Houston.

Education
  • Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • B.A., Anthropology, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • Eastern Mennonite University, Courses in MA Program in Conflict Transformation

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Research Interests
  • Mexico/Latin America
  • Religious Movements in the Americas & Social Justice
  • Transnational Migration
  • Peace Studies and Reconciliation
  • Human Rights

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Teaching
  • Mexico/Latin American Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Gender/Transnational Feminisms
  • Immigrant America

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Selected Publications
  • "Indigenous Conversion to Catholicism: Change of Heart in Chiapas, Mexico." In Conversion of a Continent: Contemporary Religious Change in Latin America. Ed. by Timothy J. Steigenga and Edward L. Cleary. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2007
  • “Fronteras Seguras, Cuerpos Vulnerables: Migración y género en la frontera sur.” Debate Feminista 17(33): 69-83. (With Patty Kelly). 2006
  • Mayan Voices for Human Rights: Displaced Catholics in Highland Chiapas (University of Texas Press, 2005)
  • Women of Chiapas: Making History in Times of Struggle and Hope (Routledge, 2003 co-edited with Christine Eber).

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Affiliations
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Latin American Studies Association              

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