Lesley Gill is an author and a professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University. Her research focusses on political violence, gender, free market reforms and human rights in Latin America, especially Bolivia. She also writes about the military training that takes place at the School of the Americas and has campaigned for its closure. She has campaigned with Witness for Peace.
Education and work
Gill has a B.A. from Macalester College (1977), and an M.A. (1978), M.Phil. (1980) and Ph.D. (1984) from Columbia University. She was a visiting fellow at the University of East Anglia from 1984 to 1985. Formerly at the American University in Washington, she moved in 2008 to Vanderbilt to chair the Department of Anthropology. She is a member of the editorial committee of Dialectical Anthropology.
- Peasants, Entrepreneurs, and Social Change: Frontier Development in Lowland Bolivia, Westview Press, 1987 ISBN 0-8133-7339-5
- Precarious Dependencies: Gender, Class, and Domestic Service in Bolivia, Columbia University Press, 1994 ISBN 0-231-09647-X
- Teetering on the Rim: Global Restructuring, Daily Life, and the Armed Retreat of the Bolivian State, Columbia University Press, 2000 ISBN 0-231-11805-8
- The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas, Duke University Press, 2004 ISBN 0-8223-3392-9