Diana Pardo Pedraza

Diana Pardo Pedraza against a grey background
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

Explosive legacies of warfare; practices & politics of humanitarian demining; (post)war environmental politics & development

Fields: anthropology of violence & peace; feminist science & technology studies; ethnographic theory; critical humanitarian studies.

Regional focus: Colombia and Latin America.

Current Research

Her ethnographic work, based in rural Colombia, considers (de)militarized landscapes, post-conflict economics, environmental politics, and multispecies relations of aid and care. Her book manuscript, Landscapes of Suspicion: Minefields, Peace Laboratories, and the Ecologies of (Post)War in Colombia, is an ethnography of humanitarian efforts to clear and liberate territories occupied by the explosive threat of improvised landmines. Grounded in unprecedented initiative—the Pilot Project of Humanitarian Demining—, the book follows military deminers, rebel explosive experts, war- affected campesinos [peasants], humanitarian practitioners, and mine detection dogs as they strive to undo the historical violence that contaminated the countryside and attempt to forge relationships of trust and reconciliation.


Ph.D., 2019, Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis, USA

M.A., 2010, Cultural Studies, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

B.A., 2009, History, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia


Special Issues

Co-editor (with Xan Sarah Chacko, Jennifer Terry, and Astrida Neimanis) of “The Domestication of War.” Forthcoming (Spring 2023). Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 9 (1).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Pardo Pedraza, Diana. Forthcoming 2023. Introduction to “The Domestication of War.” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 9 (1). (Co-written with Xan Sarah Chacko, Jennifer Terry, and Astrida Neimanis) 

Pardo Pedraza, Diana. Forthcoming. Sensory Co-laboring: Mine Detection Dogs and Handlers in Humanitarian Demining in Colombia.” Environmental Humanities.

Pardo Pedraza, Diana. 2020. “Artefacto Explosivo Improvisado: Landmines and Rebel Expertise in Colombian Warfare.” Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society 3 (1): 472–92.

Editor-Reviewed Publications

Pardo Pedraza, Diana. 2022. “Landscapes of Suspicion: Minefields and Cleared-Lands in Rural Colombia.” Theorizing the Contemporary. Fieldsights. January 25, 2022.
Pardo Pedraza, Diana. 2020. “On Landmines and Suspicion: How (Not) to Walk Explosive.” Society and Space, September.
Pardo Pedraza, Diana. 2020. “Mine Detection Dog ‘Unit’: More Than Humans in the Humanitarian World.” Platypus, January.

Book Chapters

Pardo Pedraza, Diana. 2020. Forthcoming. “Quiebrapatas.” In Belicopedia. Edited by Daniel Ruiz Serna and Diana Ojeda. Bogotá, Colombia. Universidad de los Andes.
Pardo Pedraza, Diana. 2017. “The Amputated Body: Ghostly and Literal Presence.” In Territories of Conflict: Traversing Colombia Through Cultural Studies, edited by Andrea Fanta, Alejandro Herrero- Olaizola, and Chloe Rutter-Jensen, 147–59. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press.

Classes Taught

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(ANTH 3702) Anthropology of Latin America  
(ANTH 3991/6591) Anthropology of Environmental Politics
(ANTH 2502) Anthropology of Science and Technology
(ANTH 6504) Anthropology of Science and Technology



Last updated July 7, 2020