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Liesl Cohn De Leon

Graduate Student
Office: 365 Condon Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm
Research Interests: Guatemalan Migration, Transitional Justice, Digital Ethnography, Critical Medical Anthropology


Guatemalan Social Anthropologist with 13 years of experience working for Guatemalan non-profits, the Guatemalan government, and different research projects, particularly on human rights violations during the Guatemalan civil war and prevention of community violence. She has been an Associate Professor at the School of History of Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala since 2018 (previously Assistant Professor since 2016), in charge of the Anthropology Fieldwork and Internship Program (Practicums). Her research interests include digital ethnography, transitional justice, intercultural health practices, and Guatemalan migration. During her master’s thesis in Applied Anthropology as a Fulbright-Laspau scholar, she worked with Maya migrant women about how they experience pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum in Oregon from a structural competency approach. Currently, she is doing her doctoral research in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oregon about how Guatemalan Maya migrants in Oregon build their collective identity, sense of community, and political resistance in this new territory as a process of construction of social memory. 


  • MS Applied Anthropology, Oregon State University (2023)
  • MA Development, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (2016)
  • BA (Licenciatura), Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (2011)