Mariana Saavedra-Espinosa joined Denison’s newly formed Global Commerce Program in the Fall of 2017. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Macalester College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Cornell University. Trained as an economic anthropologist, her teaching and research interests broadly focus on the intersection of economy, society, and culture. Her dissertation and current book project explore how increasingly popular mechanisms of family business governance are reinvigorating and transforming kinship relations among business-owning families in Colombia. She continues to conduct research on issues of kinship, gender and business in Colombia, and more recently, on notions of responsibility in different forms of contemporary corporate governance.
At Denison, Dr. Saavedra teaches courses that invite students to think about markets, business and the economy from anthropological and ethnographic perspectives. Recent offerings include Commerce and Society, Ethnography and Business Organizations, and Perspectives on Corporate Responsibility.