UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Margarita Huayhua

Portrait of Margarita Huayhua with a view of nature space behind her.

Margarita Huayhua, Ph.D.

UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2021-22

  • PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • MA, Anthropology, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Quito, Ecuador
  • BA, Education, Universidad San Antonio de Abad de Cuzco, Cuzco, Perú

Notable Awards

  • Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), University of Texas at Austin
  • Urgent Anthropology Grant. “The Indian as a “Problem” in the Andes,” research in Peru and Bolivia, Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), London, United Kingdom

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Email: mhuayhua@buffalo.edu

Office Phone: 716-645-7467

Office: 645 Clemens Hall, UB North

Dr. Margarita Huayhua is a 2021-22 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars and an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is a sociocultural anthropologist with a background in linguistic anthropology, video production, translation, Quechua language, and education. She is a first-language speaker of Quechua with extensive field research in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Her research revolves around relations of power and social domination, language, race and racism, and indigenous history and social movements, which she approaches through the analysis of every-day social interaction. Among her publications are “Collaborating on Presenting Reanimated Native Andean History” (2020), “Labeling and Linguistic Discrimination” (2019), “Building Differences: The (Re)production of Hierarchical Relations among Women in the Southern Andes” (2018), “Home Birth, Home Invasions: Encroaching on the Household’s Sovereignty in the Andes” (2017), “Social Subordination and Language,” (2016) “Racism and Social Interaction in a Southern Peruvian combi” (2014), and “La exclusión del runa como sujeto de derechos en el Perú” (1999).


Areas of Interest/Special Expertise

Direct ethnography; face-to-face interaction; language ideologies; racism and oppression; gender; oral history; documenting indigenous peoples lives.