Dr. William L. Alexander
Anthropology Department Chair
Associate Professor, Cultural Anthropology  (PhD Arizona)

Research Interests


Environmental Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Political Ecology, Political Economy, Economic Anthropology, Economic Development & Underdevelopment, Globalization, Immigration, Migrant & Farmworker Health, Conservation & Epidemiology in Biodiversity Hotspots



Field Settings


Latin America (Chile, Mexico, US/Mexico border, Latinx farmworkers in North Carolina), West Africa (Cameroon)

On-going Research Projects


Immigration enforcement and farmworker health in Eastern North Carolina

A cultural and oral history of Korup National Park in Southwest Cameroon: Impacts of conservation on the lives of local people

Biocultural models of disease risk and perception of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) in and around Korup National Park, Southwest Cameroon



Recent Articles


William L. Alexander
2018 Testing the Water, Challenging the Narratives of Sustainable Development: Student Volunteer Research Promoting Health in Rural Panama on the Edge of an 'Eco-playground'  Journal of Political Ecology 25:65-79.


William L. Alexander, Anthony Guevara, and Mary Brannock
2016  Using Ethnographic Video to Cast Light in the Shadows of Checkpoints. Practicing Anthropology 38(1): 31-32.


William L. Alexander and Magdalena Fernandez
2014  Immigration Policing and Medical Care for Farmworkers:  Uncertainties and Anxieties in the East Coast Migrant Stream. North American Dialogue 17(1): 13-30.





James B. Greenberg, Thomas Weaver, William L. Alexander and Anne Browning-Aiken, editors
Neoliberalism and Commodity Production in Mexico (University of Colorado Press, 2012)


William L. Alexander, editor
Lost in the Long Transition: Struggles for Social Justice in Neoliberal Chile (Lexington Books, 2009)


William L. Alexander
Resiliency in Hostile Environments: A Comunidad Agrícola in Chile's Norte Chico. (Lehigh University Press, 2008)



Classes Taught


ANT 450 History of Anthropological Theory

ANT 460 Public Health & Poverty

ANT 346 Medical Anthropology

ANT 330 The Immigrant Experience

ANT 329 Environmental Justice Ethnography

ANT 327 Globalization & Culture Change

ANT 317 Social Issues in Latin America

ANT 309 Environmental Anthropology

ANT 208 Language & Culture

ANT 206 Cultural Anthropology