Robert Albro received his Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Albro has conducted long-term ethnographic research, and published widely, on the changing terms of citizenship, democratic participation, and indigenous movements in Bolivia. The results of much of this work can be found in his ethnography, Roosters at Midnight: Indigenous Signs and Stigma in Local Bolivian Politics(School of Advanced Research Press, 2010). His current research is concerned with the application of sociocultural knowledge as a problem-solving tool, particularly in contexts of diplomacy, humanitarian efforts, security, and the applied humanities. This work is discusssed in his co-edited volume, Anthropologists in the Securityscape: Ethics, Practice and Professional Identity (Left Coast Press, 2012). His current project, Culture Surge: Producing Social Scientific Knowledge in the Post-9/11 Securityscape, is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Dr. Albro has held several leadership positions in the American Anthropological Association, as Chair of both its Committee for Human Rights and its Commission on Anthropology’s Engagement with the Security and Intelligence Communities. Over the years his research and writing have been supported by the National Science Foundation, Mellon and Rockefeller Foundations, among others. He has been a Fulbright scholar, and has held fellowships at the Carnegie Council, the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught widely in higher education and is currently in residence at American University’s School of International Service.