Marilyn Gates

Professor Emeritus, Anthropology
Sociology & Anthropology


Dr. Marilyn Gates, Professor Emeritus (Anthropology), and long time Associate Member of the Latin American Studies Program, received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of British Columbia.  She joined the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Simon Fraser University in January 1974 to teach peasant society and social change in the Third World.  Dr. Gates' areas of specializations are Latin America, Iberia and the Mediterranean realm, having undertaken particularly extensive fieldwork in Mexico, Guatemala, Spain and Portugal.  Research interests include Mexican agricultural policy, the Third World debt crisis, development project evaluation, environmental anthropology, (biosphere reserve management), and life story narratives.

Areas of Interest

Development studies; agricultural policy and practice; environmental and urban anthropology; Latin America; Mexico.

Select Publications


  • Currently, Dr. Gates is working on a book on Mexican environmental policy and practice and recording a life story narrative of "an ordinary Mexican."  She is social science reviewer at New York Journal of Books (anthropology, sociology, urban, and environment).
  • In Default: Peasants, the Debt Crisis, and the Agricultural Challenge in Mexico (Westview Press, 1993)