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Congratulations to LACS faculty Jose Antonio Lucero and Maria Elena Garcia

April 23, 2019

The Latino Center for Health at UW has selected Dr. Maria Elena Garcia and Dr. Tony Lucero to be recognized at the Latinx Faculty Recognition Event, May 2 2019. This annual event honors the scholarly achievements of Latina and Latino faculty across the three-campuses of the University of Washington for the academic year 2018-2019.


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.

Jose Antonio Lucero is the Chair of Latin America and Caribbean Studies as well as the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Associate Director. Lucero was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised on both sides of the Mexico-US border. His main research and teaching interests include Indigenous politics, social movements, Latin American politics, and borderlands. He has conducted field research in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru. In addition to numerous articles, Lucero is the author of Struggles of Voice: The Politics of Indigenous Representation in the Andes (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008) and the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Indigenous Peoples Politics(Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He is currently working on two research projects that examine the cultural politics of (1) conflicts between Indigenous peoples and the agents of extractive industry in Peru and (2) human rights activism, religion, and Indigenous politics on the Mexico-US border. He is a former council member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and co-founder of the Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities.

Adjunct Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and Geography; Affiliate Faculty in the Comparative History of Ideas.