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Teresa Velasquez

Teresa Velasquez



Office Phone(909) 537-5504
Office LocationSB-311


PhD (2012) University of Texas, Austin MA (2004) University of Texas, Austin BA (1999) University of California, Davis


Decolonizing Anthropology, Community-Engaged Research Methods; Anthropology of South America; Environmental Anthropology;  Indigenous Politics; Gendered Worlds: Power, Difference, and In/Equality.

I am on sabbatical for Fall 2022

Research and Teaching Interests

My research explores the cultural and political significance of mineral conflicts in the Ecuadorean Andes. I am interested in new forms of social protest that rally human and non-human entities into political struggles against mineral extraction and towards a greater democratization of development practices. My research analyzes how anti-mining protests led by Andean dairy farmers encompassed contradictory forms of multicultural politics that appropriated state discourses to challenge hegemonic forms of racial and spatial politics of the region. I especially enjoy writing about women's political subjectivities and their forms of protest to defend water as life. 

I am the recipient of awards from the Inter-American foundation and the National Science Foundation. I am also a former research affiliate of the Facultad Latinoamericano de Ciencas Sociales (FLACSO), Ecuador and the University of Manchester’s Program on Territory, Development, and Conflict in the Andes. My writing has appeared in Latin American Perspectives, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, Resources Policy, among other journals. My contributions to edited volumes on extractivism include The Anthropology of Resource Extraction (2022), Latin American Extractivism: Dependency, Resource Nationalism, and Resistance in Broad Perspective (2021) and Subterranean Struggles: New Dynamics of Oil, Mining, and Gas in Latin America (2013). 

My book, Pachamama Politics: Campesino Water Defenders and the Anti-Mining Movement in Andean Ecuador was published by University of Arizona Press in 2022.