Julián Cervera

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Graduate student in the Master of Development Practice Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Research Interests

As an anthropologist, I have applied a cultural materialist framework to all my research. This theoretical approach seeks to explain certain political, economic, and cultural phenomena as effects of a society's need to establish limits to its demographic expansion given its technological and ecological setting. Now I wish to further explore this explanatory in the context of international development and through the use of quantitative analysis tools.


From Mexico City, Julián received his B.A. degree in social anthropology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Through ethnographic fieldwork, he has studied the social struggle of Indigenous P’urhépecha communities in Michoacán, Mexico, with a focus on their political and administrative innovations in the exercise of their constitutional right to self-determination through assembly-based public management. He has a keen interest in the application of big data analysis and mixed methods research to public policy design and implementation. To pursue his master’s degree in development practice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, he has received grants from the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and the Fulbright-García Robles program.