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Martin Renzo Rosales, SJ, MA, PhD

Program Director, Cultural Anthropology

Assistant Professor

Martin Rosales


College of Arts and Sciences
Medical Humanities
Cultural & Social Studies
Jesuit Community
Cultural Anthropology
CRHL - Creighton Hall/Administration Building

Martin Renzo Rosales, SJ, MA, PhD

Program Director, Cultural Anthropology

Assistant Professor

I am Dr. Martin Renzo Rosales,  I am a Jesuit priest, born in Panama, who, for most than a half of my life, have been living, working, or visiting in the USA (Omaha, Puerto Rico, Florida); Central America (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize); South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru), Mexico and Europe.   
I got a BA in Economics from the University of Panama, a MBA from the Central American University in El Salvador, and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Florida. I have worked in rural and urban settings with people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds ( indigenous, peasants, inmates, youth community leaders, high school and college students, and elders). Currently, I am Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Cultural and Social Studies at Creighton University.  I am fascinated with the reality of human diversity and the wisdom that can be acquired from the interaction with humans from different parts of the world.  My hobbies include: reading, cooking, listening to the music, working out, hiking, and traveling. 

Curriculum Vitae

Research Focus

Applied Anthropology, Economic and Ecologic Anthropology, Globalization and Development, Latin American Studies, Migration and Forced Displacement


Cultural and Social Studies


Assistant Professor


  • Andrew Nelson, Alexander Roedlach, Roos Willems., With Juana Domingo Andrés. “Guatemalan Mayas in the American Midwest: Creative Intercultural Networking”, in The Crux of Refugee Resettlement: Rebuilding Social Networks, eds. New York: Lexington Books. , p. 29-55 2018


  • With LaShaune Johnson; Alexander Roedlach (eds.). Research as Accompaniment: A Community-Focused, Relationship-Aligned, and Action-Oriented Approach. (Revised book proposal submitted to Campus Compact in March 2022; resubmission after Sage Publication responded to original submission that it is not a good fit for its series and recommended alternative publishers). 2022


  • Exploring the Latina/o Student Experience in Catholic High Schools: Co-presented with Thomas Simonds, Carin Appleget, Timothy Cook, Alexander Roedlach, and Ronald Fussell. American Education Research Association. 2022
  • Understanding the Latino student experience in Catholic high schools in a United States diocese: Findings from Focus Groups and Interviews. Initial Report to Local Catholic School Leaders. Co-presented with Thomas Simmonds and Beatriz Arellanez. Archdiocese of Omaha. 2021
  • Understanding the Latino/a student & parent experience in Catholic high schools in a US diocese (Virtual on-demand conference session). Co-presented with Thomas Simonds and Carin Appleget. National Catholic Educational Association Catholic Leadership Summit 2021
  • Migration and Indigenous Peoples Sovereignty: Implications of the Relationship between the Omaha Nation and Maya from Guatemala in Nebraska. Co-presented with Luis Marcos. Society for Applied Anthropology. Annual Meeting. Albuquerque. 2020
  • Partnership in Intercultural Critical Social Research: Academics and Maya Immigrants in Omaha, Nebraska. Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting. Portland. 2019
  • Ethnography of Public Decision - Making Processes: The Panama Canal Expansion Project Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology 2008