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About James Loucky

James Loucky received his master's degree and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles following undergraduate study at Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College. He began teaching at Western Washington University in 1989, and served as the director of international studies and programs from 1994-97. He specializes in Latin American affairs, international migration and intercultural education.

For over twenty-five years, Loucky has been involved with the Maya of Guatemala, as both scholar and advocate. He is vitally concerned with the recognition of Mayan human rights in Guatemala and their immigrant rights in other countries. His research has taken him to rural Guatemala over the years, as well as to Nicaragua, Belize, Argentina, Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada. With a growing population of Mayan immigrants in Whatcom County, Loucky has also conducted research here in Washington. Two paramount interests have developed throughout his time working with Mayan people: the welfare of the children and families in their struggles to improve their lives by leaving Guatemala, and their fight to achieve their rights as human beings in a world stratified by race, ethnicity, region and wealth.


Present Professor, Western Washington University Department of Anthropology

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2012 Philip E. Sharpe, Jr, Community Engagement Award, Western Washington University


  • Anthropology 365: Peoples of Latin America
  • International Studies 201: Introduction to Global Studies
  • Anthropology 465/565: Peoples of Mexico & Central America
  • Anthropology 475: Global Migration
  • Anthropology 476/576: Borderlands
  • Anthropology 481/581: Childhood and Culture
  • Anthropology 484: Cross-Cultural Education
  • Anthropology 490: Cross-Cultural Education


1988 Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Department of Anthropology
1975 M.A., University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Department of Anthropology
1973 B.A., Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College ‐ Department of Anthropology

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington 98225-9083
360/650-3615; 650-7668 fax


Presentations (2)

Articles (18)

Books and Monographs (9)