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Ivan Sandoval-Cervantes

Assistant Professor
Department(s): Anthropology
Office: WRI-A 108
Phone: 702-895-4575
Email: ivan.sandoval-cervantes@unlv.edu


Iván Sandoval-Cervantes is a cultural anthropologist. He is interested in migration, gender, indigeneity, race, multi-species ethnography, and social movements, particularly in the geographical context of Mexico, the Mexico-U.S. borderlands, and Latin America. Iván received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2016, and he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UNLV. 

He is currently developing two projects: (1) The first project examines the emergent animal rights movement in urban Mexico in the midst of continuous violence and ongoing challenges to the Mexican legal system. (2) The second project investigates the lives of indigenous soldiers in the Mexican military, focusing on the relationship between indigeneity, nationalism, and “the war on drugs.”

Iván is currently accepting graduate students.


  • B.A. Anthropology, Universidad de las Americas-Puebla (UDLAP), 2005
  • M.Sc. Philosophy of Social Science, London School of Economics, 2007
  • Ph.D. Anthropology. University of Oregon, 2016

Research Interests

Cultural anthropology, Migration, Gender (Femininity/Masculinity), Indigeneity, Globalization, Kinship, Care, Human-Animal Relations, Latinxs in the United States, Social Movements; Latin America, Mexico-U.S. Borderlands, Oaxaca, Mexico.