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María Elena García (she/her/hers)

Associate Professor, CHID; Joff Hanauer Honors Professor in Western Civilization
Maria Elena Garcia

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(206) 221-0561
PDL B103
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Ph.D., Anthropology, Brown University, 2001
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María Elena García is associate professor in the Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington. She is also Joff Hanauer Honors Professor in Western Civilization (2018-2020). García received her PhD in Anthropology at Brown University and has been a Mellon Fellow at Wesleyan University and Tufts University. Her first book, Making Indigenous Citizens: Identities, Development, and Multicultural Activism in Peru (Stanford, 2005) examines Indigenous and intercultural politics in Peru. Her work on indigeneity and interspecies politics in the Andes has appeared in multiple edited volumes and journals such as Anthropology Now, Anthropological Quarterly, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Latin American Perspectives, and Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. Her second book project,  Gastropolitics and the Specters of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru (forthcoming with the University of California Press and supported by an NEH Fellowship), examines the intersections of race, species, and capital in contemporary Peru.



Selected Research

Courses Taught

Additional Courses

  • Honors 394B: Animal Planet: Food, Development and Activism in Global Perspective (Winter 2013)

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