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Marty Otañez


Associate Professor

Office Location: ADMIN 270G
Home: (303) 556-6606
Fax: (303) 556-8501

Office hours: Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. and by appointment

Areas of Expertise: Research on the health and ecological costs of tobacco farming in developing countries.  Visual ethnography and digital storytelling to influence policy and environmental and human rights.​​

 

2008-10 Postdoctoral Training Fellowship, University of Colorado at Denver Education, Training and Career Development Core of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

2008 American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco

2004 Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

1995 MA, Employment and Labor Studies, Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands

1992 MS, Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

1989 BS, Business Administration, Department of Business, San Francisco State University

I initiated “Fair Trade Tobacco” in summer 2011. I am an Assistant Professor of Political Ecology, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver. My research and advocacy focus on digital stories featuring viral hepatitis and other health issues, and on immigrant experiences in the Rocky Mountain region in Colorado. Also, I study tobacco industry strategies to undermine natural environments, health policies and human rights as well as the health and socio-ecological costs of tobacco growing in developing countries. I co-authored “Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production? Tobacco Companies Use of Green Supply Chains to Obscure the Real Costs of Tobacco Farming,” Tobacco Control (2011) and “Tobacco Companies’ Use of Developing Countries’ Economic Reliance on Tobacco to Lobby Against Global Tobacco Control: The Case of Malawi” in American Journal of Public Health (2009).

Additional Publications
“Ethical Consumption and Academic Production” (2011) column for the Environment Section, Anthropology News, April, pdf

Malawi: Tobacco Versus Development” (2010) co-authored with Laura Graen, Bulletin of the Framework Convention Alliance [the Alliance comprises 350 organizations from more than 100 countries working on the development, ratification and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control]

Otañez M (2010) “The Tobacco Trap: Tobacco Companies Influence Tobacco Farm Worker Trade Unionism in Malawi,” Durrenberger P, Reichart K, eds., The Anthropology of Unions, Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 189-210

Otañez M, Glantz G (2009) “Trafficking in Tobacco Farm Culture: Tobacco Companies Use of Video Imagery to Undermine Health Policy,” Visual Anthropology Review, 24 (1) Visual Anthropology Association, 1-24, pdf

Otañez M (2009) “Perspectives: Views on Trying to Change the Tobacco Industry, Tobacco Control Workers Organizing to Win Against Tobacco Companies,” Tobacco Control, 18, 339-340, pdf

Geist H, Kapito J, Otañez M (2008) “The Tobacco Industry in Malawi: A Globalized Driver of Local Land Change,” Jepson W, Millington A, eds., Land Change Modifications in the Developing World, Springer: Berlin, Germany, 251-268, pdf

Otañez M, Glantz G, Mamudu H (2007) “Global Leaf Companies Control the Tobacco Market in Malawi,” Tobacco Control, 16: 261-269, pdf

Otañez M (2007) “The Smoking Wallet: An Anthropologist Meets Transnational Tobacco Corporations in Malawi,” Truitt A, Senders S, eds., Encounters with Money in the Field, Berg Publishers: Oxford, United Kingdom, 69-81, pdf

Otañez M, Muggli M, Hurt R, Glantz G (2006) “Eliminating Child Labour in Malawi: A British American Tobacco Corporate Responsibility Project to Sidestep Tobacco Labor Exploitation,” Tobacco Control. 15: 224-230, pdf

Otañez M (2003) “Economic Dependence and Democratization: The Case of the Tobacco Industry,” Immink B, Lembani S, Ott M, Peters-Berries C, eds., From Freedom to Empowerment: Ten Years of Democratization in Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi: Forum for Dialogue and Peace, 120-129, pdf

 

To reach broader audiences with my research and advocacy, I create digital stories and social documentaries. I produced the videos “Up in Smoke” (2003) about tobacco farmers and global tobacco companies in Malawi that aired on BBC TV in fall 2003, “Thangata: Social Bondage and Big Tobacco in Malawi,” and “120,000 Lives” (2005) co-produced with Stanton Glantz about smoking in youth rated movies. I received funding for ethnographic work pertaining to Malawi and other video-based research projects from the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at the University of Colorado, Denver; the Washington, D.C.-based International Labor Rights Forum; the Rockefeller Foundation; and University College of London Center for International Health and Development. In April 2010, American Anthropologist, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Anthropological Association, published a complimentary review of my visual work and blog www.sidewalkradio.net. Also, I direct the University of Colorado initiative called the Coalition for Excellence in Digital Storytelling established in fall 2010.

Other Educational Media Projects
What is it like to be a pregnant woman farming tobacco in Kenya
(2011) first in a series of short videos about child labor and inequality among women and girls on tobacco farms in Kenya, co-produced with Mary Okioma, executive director of Justice for Women in Africa

Breaking the Barriers (2011) about nursing students and California’s nursing shortage, funded by Fresno State University and the San Joaquin Valley Nursing Education Consortium

ICE Experience (2010) about Edgar Niebla from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, who was detained for 35 hours by immigration authorities in April 2010 and released after pressure from advocates

Umodzi (“Together”) (2009) co-produced with Mikey Rosato; video about women’s groups and women and child maternal mortality in Malawi, funded by University of College London

Yellowcake Rising: Health and Socio-Ecological Costs of Uranium Mining in Africa (2009)

Nellore: Transgender Power in India (2009) co-produced with Jordan Reck

Men in Nursing (2009) co-produced with Bob Patterson, funded by the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care

Seventeen (2009) A health policy film on tobacco industry strategies for undermining the lives of tobacco farmers in developing countries. A multimedia presentation to inform health advocates, environmental groups, and members of the general public of the policy process associated with the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

I have been retained as an expert media contact for UK-based Plan International, a child-centered community development organization, and as a consultant for media reports produced by BBC-World, and Swiss Television Kassensturz. I have been interviewed about my anthropological work on child labor for media reports by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, France-based “terra eco,” and Germanbased “Zeitenspiegel.” In 2010, I was an invited speaker at “Accelerating Action Against Child Labor: A Roundtable Policy Dialogue on the International Labor Organization’s 2010 Global Report on Child Labor” in Washington, D.C.; “De-Metaphorizing ‘Complex Ecologies’: Justice, Knowledge and Place” panel at the American Educational Research Association conference in Denver; and “Trade, Health and Social Justice” panel at the American Public Health Association annual meeting in Denver. I was invited as an expert adviser to the World Health Organization Study Group on Economically Sustainable Alternatives to Tobacco Growing, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Mexico City in 2008.

ANTH 2101. Culture and the Human Experience

ANTH 3400. Video and Social Change

ANTH 3410. Anthropology of Work

ANTH 5070. Culture, Development and Globalization

ANTH 5170. Culture and the Environment

ANTH 6103. Current Theory in Ethnography

Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Otañez M, Glantz G Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production? Tobacco Companies Use of Green Supply Chains to Obscure the Real Costs of Tobacco Farming (pdf) Tobacco Control, April 19, 2011

Otañez M, Glantz G (2009) Trafficking in Tobacco Farm Culture: Tobacco Companies Use of Video Imagery to Undermine Health Policy (pdf) Visual Anthropology Review, 24 (1) Visual Anthropology Association, 1-24

Otañez M, Glantz G, Mamudu H (2007) Global Leaf Companies Control the Tobacco Market in Malawi (pdf) Tobacco Control, 16: 261-269

Otañez M, Muggli M, Hurt R, Glantz G (2006) Eliminating Child Labour in Malawi: A British American Tobacco Corporate Responsibility Project to Sidestep Tobacco Labor Exploitation (pdf) Tobacco Control. 15: 224-230

Chapters

Otañez M (2010) The Tobacco Trap: Tobacco Companies Influence Tobacco Farm Worker Trade Unionism in Malawi (pdf) Durrenberger P, Reichart K, eds., The Anthropology of Unions, Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 189-210

Geist H, Kapito J, Otañez M (2008) The Tobacco Industry in Malawi: A Globalized Driver of Local Land Change (pdf) Jepson W, Millington A, eds., Land Change Modifications in the Developing World, Springer: Berlin, Germany, 251-268

Otañez M (2007) The Smoking Wallet: An Anthropologist Meets Transnational Tobacco Corporations in Malawi (pdf) Truitt A, Senders S, eds., Encounters with Money in the Field, Berg Publishers: Oxford, United Kingdom, 69-81

Otañez M (2003)
Economic Dependence and Democratization: The Case of the Tobacco Industry (pdf) Immink B, Lembani S, Ott M, Peters-Berries C, eds., From Freedom to Empowerment: Ten Years of Democratization in Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi: Forum for Dialogue and Peace, 120-129


Other Publications

Otañez M, Graen L (2010) Malawi: Tobacco Versus Development (pdf) Bulletin of the Framework Convention Alliance (the Alliance comprises 350 organizations from more than 100 countries working on the development, ratification and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control)

Otañez M (2009) Perspectives: Views on Trying to Change the Tobacco Industry, Tobacco Control Workers Organizing to Win Against Tobacco Companies (pdf) (Invited) Tobacco Control, 18, 339-340


Creative Work

Otañez M (2011) Tobacco Trap (pdf)

Otañez M (2011) Breaking the Barriers about nursing students and California’s nursing shortage, funded by Fresno State University and the San Joaquin Valley Nursing Education Consortium

Otañez M, (2011) What is it like to be a pregnant woman farming tobacco in Kenya, first in a series of short videos about child labor and inequality among women and girls on tobacco farms in Kenya, co-produced with Mary Okioma, executive director of Justice for Women in African

Otañez M (2010) ICE Experience, about Edgar Niebla from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, who was detained for 35 hours by immigration authorities in April 2010 and released after pressure on the Obama administration from advocates

Otañez M, Rosato M (2009) Umodzi (“Together”) about women’s groups and women and child maternal mortality in Malawi, funded by University of College London

Otañez M (2009) Yellowcake Rising Health and Socio-Ecological Costs of Uranium Mining in Africa

Jordan R, Otañez M (2009) Nellore: Transgender Power in India

Otañez M, Patterson B (2009) Men in Nursing, funded by the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care 

Otañez M (2009) Seventeen A health policy film on tobacco industry strategies for undermining the lives of tobacco farmers in developing countries. A multimedia presentation to inform health advocates, environmental groups, and members of the general public of the policy process associated with the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Otañez M (2008) Tobacco Farming (ppt), multimedia teaching module for free, on-line training course Global Tobacco Control: Learning from the Experts, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Otañez M, Brenner J, Shaffer E (2007) Preview of Public Hearing on the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, video/DVD, Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health, collaborating and distributing organization, San Francisco, California, 5:20 mins.

Otañez M, Brenner J, Shaffer E (2006) “Free Trade Agreement of the Americas: Impact on Public Health and Health Care,” video/DVD, Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health, collaborating and distributing organization, San Francisco, California, 180 mins.

Otañez M (2006) The Marlboro Train, video/DVD, co-producer Michelle Otañez, video about the failed Philip Morris’ Marlboro Train marketing scheme, 4 mins.

Otañez M (2006) Best Friends Forever, video/DVD, co-producer Michelle Otañez, video about outrageous quotes from tobacco industry executives from the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, 3 mins.

Otañez M (2006) “The Smoking Gun,”  video DVD, co-producer Michelle Otañez, video about strategies for researching the Tobacco Industry Documents Library, 3 mins.

Otañez M, Glantz A (2005) 120,000 Lives a Year: The Case Against Smoking in Movies and the Solution, video/DVD, Smoke Free Movies, collaborating and distributing organization, in English, Spanish, French, and German; and Arabic, Italian, Finnish, Swahili, and Mandarin Chinese (2007 anticipated) 9 mins.

Otañez M, Walker C (2003) Up in Smoke, video/DVD, economic dependency on tobacco cultivation in Malawi, episode for BBC World Television broadcasted fall 2003, Bullfrog Films, Pennsylvania, distributor, 25 mins. Otañez M, (2002) Thangata: Social Bondage and Big Tobacco in Malawi, video/DVD, co-producer Michelle Otañez, Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California, distributor, 15 mins.

Marty Otañez (2011) - Tobacco Growers in Bolivia and other related subjects: Video Album

Marty Otañez (2011) Ethical Consumption and Academic Production (pdf)
Invited column for the Environment Section, Anthropology News, April, 2011

UC-Personality: Marty Otañez Activists use movies to make an impact
University of Colorado Denver Advocate [UC Denver], 10 November 2010

Brando, K (2010) Practicing anthropology in a time of crisis: 2009 year in review (pdf)
American Anthropologist, 112 (2) June
The author presents a favorable review of my public anthropology work

Igoe, J (2010) Sidewalk Radio: Anthropology as a resource to promote health, labor rights and visual media (pdf)
American Anthropologist, 112 (1) March
The author presents a positive review of my visual media work and blog

Challenging H-2B Program leaves immigrant workers at risk (pdf)
Latitude, newsletter of the Center for Faculty Development, University of Colorado Denver, Spring 2009

Faculty close-up Otañez films humanity behind cigarettes
University of Colorado Denver, Winter 2009

Faraja Mgwabati Experts caution on uranium exposure (link no longer exists, this link takes you to Tanzania's Daily News)
Daily News [Tanzania] 16 December, 2009

Malawi Children of the tobacco fields
World Socialist Standard, 105, November, 2009

Jess Hill Malawi’s child tobacco labourers suffer nicotine poisoning
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 26 August, 2009