Luz Maria De La Torre
Department: Spanish and Portuguese
5330 Rolfe Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1532
Luz Maria De la Torre Amaguana has been appointed as a Lecturer of Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Institute. She is a Kichwa (quechua) indigenous woman from Ecuador. She received her BA in Languages and Applied Linguistics from the Catholic University (1997). Her thesis was focused in the Indigenous Bilingual Education. She earned her Master degree in Political Sciences at FLACSO (2006). Her research was concentrated in the Indigenous Movement and its relation with the Ecuadorian Government, specifically since the 1990 when took place the Indigenous National uprising. She has taught at the numerous universities in Ecuador and U.S. She worked in the Education and Foreign Relations Ministries. She served as consulting a wide range of national and international institutions. She has given more than 200 lectures in Ecuador and many other countries. Her research, writing and teaching range is about topics of the Andes understanding of the cosmos, gender from the Andean perspective, Andean alternative economies, and new political relations with the States, the society and the indigenous peoples. Currently she is writing about the different meanings of being an Indigenous woman today, even a method for teaching the Quechua language.