Luzilda Arciniega

Luzilda Arciniega

Visiting Assistant Professor

Luzilda Arciniega



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • critical diversity studies, business anthropology, economic anthropology, critical race studies, feminist studies, science and technology studies, corporate work, diversity management, racial capitalism, United States


Dr. Arciniega is an anthropologist who studies diversity work through a science and technology studies, economic anthropology, critical race studies and feminist perspective. She traces the work of "diversity professionals," which include mostly people of color and white women management consultants, diversity officers, and human resource professionals, as they advocate for the value of diversity in the form of new managerial knowledge and techniques for the corporation. She shows, in particular, how this work was shaped by and shapes the corporation after the 1980s-1990s systemic dismantlement of affirmative action in the United States. Her second book project examines how diversity work as an "American export" has been introduced and currently employed in large for-profit corporations in Mexico City, Mexico.

Dr. Arciniega is also a practicing diversity consultant and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar from the University of California, Berkeley.


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, 2018
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, 2014
  • B.A. Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • B.A. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Awards and grants

  • Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (2016)

  • Honorable Mention, Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation (2014)

  • Summer Funding Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (2013-2015)

  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (2012/2015)

  • Social Sciences Merit Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (2012-2016)

  • Dean of Graduate School Recruitment Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (2012)

  • Competitive Edge Scholar Grant, University of California, Irvine (2012)

  • Ronald E. McNair Scholarship, University of California, Berkeley (2011)

Selected publications

Selling diversity to white men: How disentangling economics from morality is a racial and gendered performance. Organization. First published June 25, 2020. Doi: 10.1177/1350508420930341

Starbucks, racism, and the anthropological imagination. Anthropology News, website. January 19, 2019. doi: 10.1111/AN.865

Six ways anthropologists can challenge white supremacy. Anthropology News, website. March 27, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.370