Summer Abroad Ecuador - Instructor

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Environmental Justice in Indigenous Ecuador

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Stefano Varese

Native American Studies

Learn more about Professor Varese at his Native American Studies bio page.

Professor Emeritus Stefano Varese is a cultural anthropologist with experience in the Amazon region, the Andes, Central America and Mexico. He has published numerous articles and books on the Indigenous Peoples/Native Americans’ struggle to resist colonialism, territorial invasion and environmental destruction caused by colonists, oil industry, ranchers, miners and lumber companies.  Varese has always sought to combine anthropological research and teaching with activism in social and environmental justice.  Varese directs the Indigenous Research Center of the Americas-IRCA and is an active member of the UCD Center for the Study of Human Rights and the UCD Hemispheric Institute on the Americas.

A Message to Students and Parents

"I earned my PhD living and working with the Ashaninka people of the Peruvian Amazon. I learned from them the love for the tropical rainforest and its beauty and mostly the ability of the Amazonian people to manage and preserve their environment. After a few decades of working with a variety of indigenous peoples, I thought that younger generations of students may benefit from similar experiences with Amazonian people who are currently challenged by oil and mining activities that may destroy their land."

What Students Are Saying

  • "It has been a pleasure. I think everybody can benefit from this program. It helped with my personal growth."
  • "Thanks for an unforgettable month! Shows how diverse, complicated, and beautiful the world is!"
  • "Stefano has a great knowledge of the course topics, loves what he does, asks questions that get interesting answers, and was always happy to have a conversation with you about the topics of life."