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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Rebecca Galemba, Lecturer

Josef Korbel School visiting lecturer, Rebecca GalembaEmail:

Office: 3014 Sie International Relations Complex
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208

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  • PhD, Brown University
  • MA, Brown University
  • BA, Dartmouth College

Research and Expertise

Latin America; informal and illicit networks; globalization; development; legal anthropology; immigration and transnationalism; qualitative methods; anthropological demography; immigrant and labor rights. Her current book project, "Contraband Corridor," is currently under contract with Stanford University Press.

Professional Profile

  • Lecturer for BA and MA Program, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (2012-2013)
  • Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University (2009-2012)
  • Visiting Instructor at Dartmouth College (2008 and 2010)
  • Winner of the 2010 New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Dissertation Prize

Recent Publications

Galemba, R. April 7, 2016. How Immigration Policies Create Smugglers. Allegra Lab: A Virtual Experiment.

Galemba, R. March 2016. Human Smuggler Roundtable. Allegra Lab: A Virtual Experiment.

Galemba, R. Sept. 2015. De-Normalizing Wage Theft in Denver, CO: A Qualitative Research and Legal Outreach Study. The Korbel Human Trafficking Center Blog Series.

Galemba, R. 2014. Mexico's Border (In)security. The Postcolonialist. 2(2).

Galemba, R. 2014. Development Across Learning Boundaries: Student Collaborations with a Grassroots NGO in Mexico and and Guatemala. The Applied Anthropologist 33(2): 21-29. (First author with Roisin Duffy Gideon, Saran Stewart, Catherine Orsborn, Anita Smart, and Juan Bernarda Hernández-Gómez).

Galemba, R. and Thomas, K. eds. 2013. Co-guest editors of Symposium Issue: Illegal Anthropology. Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR) 36(2).

Thomas, K. and Galemba, R. 2013 Illegal Anthropology: An Introduction. Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR) 36(2): 211-214.

Galemba, R. 2013. lllegality and Invisibility at Margins and Borders. Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR) 36(2): 274-285

Galemba, R. (2012). Corn is food, not contraband: The right to "free trade" at the Mexico-Guatemala border. American Ethnologist, 39(4), 716-734.

Galemba, R. (2012).  Remapping the border: Taxation, territory, and state power at the Mexico-Guatemala border. Journal of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 30(5), 822-841.

Galemba, R. (2012). Taking contraband seriously: Practicing "legitimate work" at the Mexico-Guatemala border. The Anthropology of Work Review, 33(1), 3-14.


  • INTS 4521 International Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • INTS 3701 Illicit Markets
  • INTS 3702 Human Dimensions of Globalization
  • INTS 4632 Qualitative Research Methodologies