Carlos Torres


Carlos Torres
Carlos Torres


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Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, Anthropology; M.A. & B.A. California State University at Fullerton, Anthropology

Academic Interests

Currently Carlos’ interests have been focused on activist media in Catalonia, Spain, producing a pilgrimage video series, and on immigrant Maya communities in the North Bay and their quest for equity and opportunity. Carlos is also an acting director for Mythica Academy (, a learning academy dedicated to the nexus of the arts, education, mythology, storytelling, and media.


Media Anthropology, Public Anthropology, Global Anthroplogy


Carlos D. Torres received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and was a comparative literature, film studies, and visual anthropology major during undergraduate study at California State University at Fullerton. He is currently a Senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Sonoma State University and a local native-born resident of the North Bay region. Carlos was a screenplay writer in his 20s and this early experience into the methodology of film writing became useful when he returned to college in 1998. His graduate research in anthropology focused on the theory and methodology of the subdiscipline of visual anthropology and its interdisciplinary connections. As a graduate student, Carlos also began work in profession televisual documentary production. His doctoral work was dedicated to analyzing Maya media production in Chiapas, Mexico, a region undergoing political and cultural revitalization.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Presenter: “Toward and Anthropology of Citizen Reportage.” American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C. November 29, 2017

Co-Author with Katie Earnshaw: Multi-volume book review of the Photographic Publications of the Chiapas Photography Project, for American Anthropologist, 113(1). March, 2011

Author: Book review of Monkey Business Theater by Robert Laughlin and Sna Jtz’ibajom , 2009, for Latin American Indian Literature Journal, 25(1), Spring 2009

Co-Author with Caroline Conzelman: Book review of Circuits of Culture: Media, Politics, and Indigenous Identity in the Andes, by Jeff D. Himpele for Indigenous People’s Issues Today, August 22,  2008.

Editor:  Hollywood 101: A Handbook on the Film Business, Collaboration Filmworks, Hollywood, CA, March 2000


Director: The Virtual Pilgrim series with Kayleen Asbo on the Mythica Channel on Youtube. 2018 to present.

Director:  We Demonstrate: Eulogy to an Anti-War Rally, Premiere and Discussion at The University of Colorado at Boulder, October 15, 2004. Aired November 21, 2004  on KTFD, Channel 14, Boulder.

Director: We Are the Other, March 2002. Premiered at the student film portion of the Traveling Margaret  Mead Film Festival, C.S.U.F. Aired August 14, 2002 on KTFD, Channel 14, Boulder

Production Coordinator: Inside the Kill Box: The War in the Gulf, for Arcwelder Films, Ltd. Premiered January 15, 2001 on the Discovery Channel.