Nell Haynes received her Ph.D. Anthropology at American University in 2013 with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University in Anthropology and Theater. Her research addresses themes of performance, authenticity, globalization, and gendered and ethnic identification in Latin America. Her dissertation, "Chola in a Choke Hold: Gender, Globalization, and Authenticity in Bolivian Lucha Libre," explores the ways indigenous women utilize notions of authenticity to gain social capital and shift cultural discourses. Nell's research was supported by grants from American University, Cosmos Club Foundation, and the Explorer's Club of Washington, DC and she is the recipient of the 2010 Roseberry-Nash Award for best paper in Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology from the American Anthropological Association.