Aimee LaFayette

Aimee LaFayette

Academic interests: Cultural anthropology, gendered violence, legal anthropology, Mexico, theories of violence, immigration

Status: PhD student

Previous degrees: BA Psychology (2003), University of Puget Sound; MA Anthropology (2011), University of Nevada Reno

Contact information:, (775) 722-1699

Biography: Aimee, a fifth-year PhD student in cultural anthropology, received her bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at University of Puget Sound and her Masters of Art degree in Anthropology at University of Nevada, Reno. Her MA thesis was an ethnographic examination of how gender and violence were discussed within a violence prevention program located in a north central Mexican city. Aimee's dissertation continues with the subjects of gender and violence to explore how the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitioning process is a source of structural and everyday violence that is expressed in the daily lives of non-citizens applying.

In addition to her academic endeavors, Aimee works on several development projects, raising assets for local and regional non-profit agencies. According to her, a PhD in Anthropology augments her work in this position in a twofold manner: 1), an advanced degree conveys a comprehension of the complexities of social problems associated with gender, culture, and violence to potential donors; and 2), the advanced degree signifies an ability to evaluate the soundness of programs requesting funding.

Aimee also serves on several local boards, including the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, where she is an executive board member, chairing the Program Committee. In this role, she is steward to over $5 million in grants annually awarded to local, national, and international organizations.