Professor Pilar Rau is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. from New York University in 2013. She is a cultural anthropologist with a background in visual arts, media studies, and sociolinguistics. She specializes in the anthropology of religion, anthropology of art and aesthetics, visual anthropology, and economic anthropology, with a regional focus on Latin America. I also have professional experience in the arts and film and video production. Her dissertation, Aesthetics and Sacrifice: Pentecostalism, Tourist Art and the Capitalist Promised Land, tells the story of a Peruvian peasant community’s attempts to throw itself into global capitalist modernity through migration, craft production, and conversion to Pentecostal Christianity. She has taught; Anthropology Goes to the Movies, Anthropology of Latin America, Ethnography of Everyday Life, Rights and Wrongs of Indigenous Peoples, and Visual Anthropology.
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