Baron Pineda

  • Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies


  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1998
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1991
  • BA, University California Berkeley, 1989


Baron Pineda is a cultural anthropologist specializing in human rights, indigenous peoples, and Latin America.

He is the author of Shipwrecked Identities: Navigating Race on Nicaragua’s Mosquito Coast (Rutgers University Press), as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals.

He has a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Chicago. Since 2002, he has been conducting field research on global indigenous politics at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

He is currently associate professor and former chair of anthropology at Oberlin College.


Baron Pineda Publishes

February 16, 2018

Baron Pineda, Eric and Jane Nord associate professor of anthropology, published "Indigenous Pan-Americanism: Contesting Settler Colonialism and the Doctrine of Discovery at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues” in American Quarterly, Volume 69, Number 4, December 2017, pp. 823-832, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Several Oberlin College students served as research assists for the publication.


Baron Pineda Discusses the Challenges of Social Media Content Standards

November 17, 2020

Professor of Anthropology Baron Pineda will present “Grey Areas: Universal Standards, Cultural Difference and Local Contexts in Social Media Content Moderation” as part of the Tea At Two Virtual Series presented by the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. His talk will take place from 2-3 p.m., Thursday, November 19. Learn more about Pineda’s work in this Q&A.

Faculty Members Receive Promotions

May 15, 2019

Eleven faculty members have been promoted to the rank of professor or associate professor. We asked each about their most memorable experience and what they enjoy about being a professor.

A Conversation with Baron Pineda

October 17, 2018

A cultural anthropologist specializing in human rights and indigenous peoples, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies Baron Pineda is one of seven scholars advising Facebook on the challenges of enforcing community standards.