Mary Morales

Position title: Class of 2017 Alumna

I am now in a Ph.D. program with the Latin American Studies department at the University of Texas – Austin. I have been continuing my fieldwork with Amazonian communities in Ecuador. I am also working with scholars in linguistics, anthropology, and literary criticism here in Austin in order to develop my dissertation work on Ecuadorian Kichwa verbal arts traditions.

I did extensive work with Armando Muyulema at UW, and he helped me significantly in developing my work with Ecuadorian Kichwa communities. I also received academic year FLAS scholarships and a summer FLAS scholarship through LACIS which made it possible for me to travel to Ecuador in 2017. I also had a lot of support in general from Alberto Vargas, who was always caring and invested in my success.

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