Undergraduate Research Program

Teaching team


María Elena García

Associate Professor, Comparative History of Ideas and Jackson School of International Studies

Maria Elena Garcia headshotMaría Elena García is director of the Comparative History of Ideas program and associate professor in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She received her PhD in Anthropology at Brown University. Her first book, Making Indigenous Citizens (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. Her second book project, Cuy Politics, explores the lives, deaths, and representations of guinea pigs as one way to think about the cultural politics of contemporary Peru, especially in relation to food, race, and violence.

José Antonio Lucero

Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Jose Antonio Lucero headshotJosé Antonio (Tony) Lucero is the Hanauer Honors Professor and Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies. A graduate of Stanford (BA, Political Science) and Princeton (MA/PhD, Politics), he is the author of Struggles of Voice: The Politics of Indigenous Representation in the Andes. He is currently working on research projects on the cultural politics of (1) conflicts between Awajún/Wampis Indigenous communities and the filmmaker Werner Herzog in Peru (2) human rights activism, religion, and Indigenous politics on the Mexico-US border. He teaches courses on Indigenous politics, international political economy, critical theory, social movements, Latin American politics, and borderlands.

Dian Million

Associate Professor, American Indian Studies

Dian Million headshotDian Million (Athabascan) is Associate Professor in American Indian Studies and Adjunct Faculty in Canadian Studies at UW, Seattle. She holds a BA in interdisciplinary studies from Fairhaven College, Western Washington University and a MA and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. Dian’s most recent research explores the politics of mental and physical health with attention to affect in intersection with race, class, and gender in Indian Country. She is the author of Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights (University of Arizona Press, Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies Series, 2013) as well as numerous articles, chapters, and poems. Therapeutic Nations is a discussion of trauma as a political narrative in the struggle for Indigenous self-determination in an era of global neoliberalism. She teaches courses on Indigenous politics, literature, and social issues.

Annie Dwyer

Lecturer in CHID, Ph.D. in English

Annie Dwyer headshotAnnie Dwyer received her Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington. She studies nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature and culture, focusing on the intersections among material practices involving animals, cultural ideas of animality, and the constructions of racial, gender, and sexual difference. Her dissertation project, The Modern Animal, explores how shifts in U.S. racial formation are bound up with emergences in human-animal relationships. She has collaborated on a number of critical pedagogy projects, including the Simpson Center for the Humanities graduate student interest group Queer Pedagogical Performance. She has also been teaching fellow in the Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy Program at UW Bothell.