Carwil Bjork-James is an assistant professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt
University. His research, both ethnographic and historical, concerns disruptive protest, grassroots autonomy, state violence, and indigenous collective rights in Latin America, with a focus on Bolivia’s urban and indigenous movements. His 2020 book on Bolivian space-claiming protest, power, and race, The Sovereign Street: Making Revolution in Urban Bolivia, is currently available for pre-order from University of Arizona Press.
He is an experienced participant and occasional trainer in horizontally organized mass actions challenging war and corporate power. He has collaborated in both anarchist and directly democratic organizations including APOC (Anarchist People of Color), the Independent Media Center, Direct Action to Stop the War, and Free University of New York City.
He serves on the Board of Wiki Education, which supports university-level teachers and scholars as they bring sophisticated knowledge to a global audience.