Mexico, Urban Anthropology, Performance, Popular Culture, Latin America, Sexuality and Gender, Food and Food Systems, Professional Wrestling, Street Musicians


Heather Levi is a cultural anthropologist.  She received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from New York University.  Her primary research interest is on professional wrestlers and professional wrestling in Mexico City.  Other areas of interest include street music and street musicians, gender and sexuality, and food and food systems.


Selected Publications

  • The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations and Mexican National Identity. Duke University Press (2008)
  • “Don't Leave Us in the Hands of Criminals: The Contested Cultural Politics of Lucha Libre.” In Performance and Professional Wrestling. Broderick Chow, Eero Laine, and Claire Warden, eds.  New York: Routledge.(2016)

Courses Taught

  • Approaches to Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Sexuality and Gender
  • Anthropology of Food
  • Contemporary Research in Socio-cultural Anthropology (Senior Capstone)
  • Immigration and the American Dream
  • Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology
  • Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
  • Folklore and Expressive Culture