Undergraduate Research Program

2021 SIAH Teaching Team


María Elena García

Comparative History of Ideas, Associate Professor

María Elena García is associate professor in the Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington in Seattle. A Peruvian woman of Quechua descent, 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) examined Indigenous and intercultural politics in Peru in the immediate aftermath of the war between Sendero Luminoso and the state. 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, Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru (published by the University of California Press and supported by an NEH Fellowship), examines the intersections of race, species, and capital in contemporary Peru.

Tony Lucero

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

José Antonio 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.

Adam Warren

Associate Professor, History

Associate Professor, Adam Warren
Adam Warren is an associate professor in the Department of History, where he teaches courses in Latin American history and the history of medicine. A specialist in colonial and republican Peru, his research examines how medical and scientific research have been used to explain social inequalities and frame projects of population reform and control in the Andes. He is the author of Medicine and Politics in Colonial Peru: Population Growth and the Bourbon Reforms, published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2010, and co-author of Baptism Through Incision: The Postmortem Cesarean Operation in the Spanish Empire, published by Penn State University Press in 2020. He has also published numerous articles in history of medicine and Latin American history journals that examine the intersection of Spanish, Indigenous, and African healing practices and ideas about the body in Peru and Bolivia, as well as the treatment of Indigenous patients by Spanish practitioners. His new research focuses on epidemics, the history of medicine, and racial science research in Peru during the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century.

Lydia M. Heberling

English, Graduate Student

My research focuses on aesthetic and formal innovations in 20th and 21st century California Native literatures and arts. My dissertation asserts that Native California–including its considerable Pacific coastline which it shares with Pacific Indigenous peoples–is a site of rich and robust literary and artistic production, that California Native writers and artists are expanding understandings of relational Indigenous aesthetics, and that their works create generative trans-Indigenous connections across American Indian and Pacific Indigenous communities.

Additionally, I am interested in surfing in Indigenous communities. In this work I examine how Indigenous peoples use sports and outdoor recreation activities to reclaim a visible presence in homelands and home waters, as well as how stories connect craft, communities, and places. This work grew out of my own identity as a surfer; I found myself constantly wondering whose waters I was in, and this wondering has revealed rich stories and vibrant expressions of Indigenous sovereignty and relations.