Faculty & Staff

Jean-Philippe Belleau, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617-794-5998
  • Office Location: McCormack Hall,04,00612

Areas of Expertise

Lowland indigenous societies, hunters-gatherers, human rights, anthropology of becoming, Amerindian perspectivism, mass violence, Brazilian cinema, raw art.


PhD, Institut des Hautes Etudes d'Amérique Latine, Université Paris-III Sorbone Nouvelle

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Jean-Philippe Belleau is a Latin Americanist and a social anthropologist working on Brazil.  He received his doctorate from the Institut des Hautes Etudes d’Amérique Latine at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.  Prior to that, he worked for a decade in human rights and development with the OAS, the United Nations, ADF, UNDP and various NGOs, including Viva Rio and IFES.  He directed the Human Rights Education Fund in Haiti and was the political adviser to the OAS Chief of Mission in Haiti in 2000.  He is currently involved in several initiatives against the Belo Monte dam project in the Brazilian Amazon and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.  He has published on missionaries in Mato Grosso, Brazil, Haiti and mass violence.  His current ethnographic project explores ethnic identity appropriation.