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María Elena García


(206) 221-0561; Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 and 2:00-3:00

Director and Associate Professor
The Program in the Comparative History of Ideas
B-103 Padelford Hall
Box 354300
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195


Ph.D. in Anthropology, 2001
Brown University

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 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 politics and multicultural activism 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, Cuy Politics, explores the lives and deaths of guinea pigs as one way to think about the cultural politics of contemporary Peru, especially in relation to food, Indigeneity and violence.