David Stoll


Born: Wandsworth, Surrey, England, UK


David Stoll is an American anthropologist. In his book Rigoberta Menchú and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans, Stoll describes inconsistencies he found between his fieldwork and the memoir that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú written with Elizabeth Burgos. Additionally, Stoll criticized many Western academics in their interpretation of Menchús story, claiming that such academics romanticize guerrillas in Latin America. The New York Times featured his controversial findings about Menchú on their front page.Stolls position on Menchu has been criticized for evincing bias in support of the Guatemalan Military and for neglecting important data that contradicted his thesis. In her critique of Stolls work, The Silencing of Maya Women from Mama Maquin to Rigoberta Menchu, anthropologist Victoria Sanford highlights inaccuracies in Stolls book, and claims that he used highly questionable sources as research informants.Stoll continues to carry out research in the Guatemalan highlands, most recently focusing on immigration, microcredit, and what he argues is a financial bubble created by the two. He teaches at Middlebury College.

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