Claudia Briones is Professor and Director of the Graduate and Postgraduate Program in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National University of Rio Negro (UNRN) in Argentina. She is also coordinator of the Anthropological Science degree program, and is a senior researcher at the National Council for Scientific Research. Briones is a leading scholar in anthropology and indigenous studies in Argentina and has researched and written widely on the Mapuche Indians in Chile and Argentina, specifically in the context of cultural politics and communal identity. Her recent publications include The "Conquest of the Desert" as Trope and Enactment of Argentina's Manifest Destiny (with W. Delrio); Argentina: Contagious Marginalities (with Rosana Guber); and Our Struggle Has Just Begun: Experiences of Belonging and Mapuche Formations of Self. Dr. Briones received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas, where she was a Fulbright Commission Argentina Doctoral Fellow.