Iván Sandoval-Cervantes

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Expertise: Migration, Human-Animal Relationships, Social Movements, Anthropology, Kinship, Globalization, Activism, Nationalism


Iván Sandoval-Cervantes is an expert on the anthropology of migration, gender, indigeneity, kinship, and care. He also focuses on multi-species ethnography, legal anthropology, and the anthropology of social movements, specifically the study of activism and animal rights in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands.

His research specialties include globalization, animal rights movements, and the relationship between indigeneity and nationalism in regards to the Mexican military.

Sandoval-Cervantes has been published in numerous academic publications including A Geography of Coexistence and Anthropology News.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Oregon
  • M.Sc., Philosophy of Social Science, London School of Economics
  • B.A., Anthropology, Universidad de las Americas-Puebla

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Iván Sandoval-Cervantes In The News

Public Good
Speaking with the street vendors standing at Las Vegas intersections and highway off ramps on Public Good — a podcast audio series about Southern Nevada's urban public spaces and the people who depend on them.
Las Vegas Review Journal
“¡Viva México!” Julián Escutia Rodríguez shouted outside North Las Vegas City Hall building Thursday night.
The Nevada Independent
Under his rainbow umbrella, which protects him from the harsh summer sun, Luis Sanchez happily serves one of his usual customers a raspado — shaved iced — into a plastic cup with homemade strawberry syrup on top.
Los Angeles Times
Despite the fact that Genaro García Luna, former security secretary in the six-year term of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and one of the main implementers of the so-called "war on drugs", was found guilty of drug trafficking just last week, many people in Mexico are still waiting for him to be investigated for his role in the death and forced disappearance of thousands of people.

Articles Featuring Iván Sandoval-Cervantes

Claytee White sits in a chair and gestures toward a woman sitting to her right
Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.