María Elena García is associate professor in the Comparative History of Ideas and the Jackson School of International Studies 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, Culinary Spectacles: Gastro-Politics, and Other Tales of Race and Species in Peru (under contract with the University of California Press), examines the intersections of race, species, and capital in contemporary Peru.
- Maria Elena Garcia. 2014. “Encounters with Interculturalidad: (Un)Learning Indigeneity and Decolonizing Knowledge in the Andes.” Chapter in Indian Subjects: New Directions in the History of Indigenous Education, Brian Klopotek and Brenda Child, eds. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press.
- Maria Elena Garcia. 2014. Culinary Fusion and Colonialism: A Critical Look at the Peruvian Food Boom. ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Fall 2014.
- Maria Elena Garcia. 2013. “The Taste of Conquest: Colonialism, Cosmopolitics, and the Dark Side of Peru’s Gastronomic Boom.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Vol. 18 (3): 505-524.
- García, María Elena. 2010. “Super Guinea Pigs?” Anthropology Now, 2(2), September.
- García, María E. and José Antonio Lucero. “Exceptional Others: Politicians, Rottweilers, and Alterity in the 2006 Peruvian Elections.” In “Indigenous Encounters: Race, Place, and Gender in Contemporary Peru,” Special issue of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. 3.3 (2010): 253-270.
- García, María E. Los Desafíos de la Interculturalidad: educación, desarrollo, e identidades indígenas en el Perú. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2008
- García, María E., Ed. Indigenous Encounters: Race, Place, and Gender in Contemporary Peru. Special issue of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. 3.3 (2008).
- García, María E. and José Antonio Lucero. “In the Shadows of Success: Indigenous Politics in Peru and Ecuador.” Highland Indians and the State in Modern Ecuador. Eds., Marc Becker and Kim Clark. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press (2007): 234-24.
- 2005. Making Indigenous Citizens: Identity, Development, and Multicultural Activism in Peru. Stanford:StanfordUniversity Press.
- García, María E. Making Indigenous Citizens: Identities, Education, and Multicultural Development in Peru. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 2005.
- The Critical Animal Studies Working Group
- CHID 280 A: Indigenous Encounters: Politics, Culture, And Representation In Latin America Indigenous Encounters: Politics, Culture and Representation in Latin America (Course Website)
- CHID 480 C: Special Topics: Advanced Study Of The History Of Ideas Encountering Indigeneity (Course Website)
- CHID 490 A: Research Seminar Monsters and Aliens: Encountering Others (Course Website)
- Honors 394B: Animal Planet: Food, Development and Activism in Global Perspective (Winter 2013)
Study Abroad Programs
The Arts of Politics: Cultural Agency and Social Movements in Contemporary Peru
The Arts of Politics: The Cultural Politics of Contemporary Peru
Lima and Cuzco, Peru
- María Elena García awarded NEH fellowship! - December 13, 2018
- CHID Community News and Achievements - Autumn 2018 - November 2, 2018
- Letter from the Director - May 7, 2018
- CHID Community News and Achievements - Spring 2018 - May 3, 2018
- Letter from the Director - November 20, 2017
- THE STRUGGLE IS REAL: Community Organizing in Seattle - May 8, 2017
- Letter from the Director - May 8, 2017
- Letter from the Director - April 29, 2016
- CHID Faculty Receive Collaboration Grant for Intersectional Animal Studies Research - November 22, 2015
- Letter from the Director - November 22, 2015
- CHID Director Maria Elena Garcia reflects on The Postcolonial Animal: Nature/Culture/Empire - July 9, 2015
- Letter from the Director - October 8, 2014
- Prof. María Elena García Helps Students Dive into Summer Research - September 18, 2014
- CHID Director, Dr. Maria Elena Garcia receives multiple prestigious awards - May 12, 2014
- Alumni Update: Madi Taylor (CHID and Anthropology ’13) - November 22, 2013
- Letter from the Director - November 21, 2013
- Maria Elena Garcia Receives Humane Society Course Award! - January 10, 2013
- Professor Maria Elena Garcia awarded UW's Distinguished Teaching Award! - April 10, 2012
- CHID Faculty Maria Elena Garcia wins Fellowship at Wesleyan - January 25, 2012