Kelsey Gilman

Ph.D. Candidate (2018 Cohort)
Kelsey Gilman

Dissertation Project

The politics of Indigenous Intercultural higher education in Latin America

Professional Background

Teaching: secondary and post-secondary education


Spanish (fluent), Ecuadorian Kichwa



Located at the intersection of Indigenous knowledge practices, social movement politics and education policy, Kelsey’s research is a critical exploration of the cumulative effects of Indigenous political resurgence on Ecuadorian state formation. Her work explores questions of Indigenous stratification in the production of knowledge, asking: Intercultural higher education for whom, and to what political ends? The foundations of her work in Indigenous movements relies on her travel, work, and research experiences in Latin America.

Kelsey earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and MA in History at Western Washington University. Previously, she taught high-school history in Pasco, Washington.

Grants & Fellowships

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, 2019

Predoctoral Teaching Associate, 2019-2020

Ivy Hovey Fitch Endowed Scholarship, 2019

FLAS Fellow in Ecuadorian Kichwa, Summer 2019

Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies Research Grant, 2019

Peter Mack and Jaime Mayerfeld Endowed Fund for Human Rights, 2019

Predoctoral Teaching Associate, 2018-2019

Kathleen Keller Memorial Scholarship for Women Studying History, 2013


“Why US-backed aid to Venezuela harkens back to a dark history of covert operations,” The World, Public Radio International, 2019.

“Knowing Nature: Plurinationality and Productivity in Ecuador’s Socialist State,” MA Thesis, Western Washington University’s Contributing to Education through Digital Access (CEDAR), 2016.

Dissertation Committee