Luz Maria de la Torre

A photo of Luz Maria de la Torre
E-mail: Phone: 310-206-8880 Office: Rolfe Hall 5326

Luz María De la Torre Amaguana has been appointed as a Continuing Lecturer at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Institute, UCLA. She is a Kichwa (Quechua) indigenous woman from Ecuador. She received her BA in Languages and Applied Linguistics from the Catholic University of Ecuador (1997). Her thesis was focused on Indigenous Bilingual Education. She earned her Master’s degree in Political Sciences at FLACSO (2006). Her research concentrated on the Indigenous Movement and its relation to the Ecuadorian government, specifically since the 1990’s when the Indigenous National uprising took place. She has taught at the numerous universities in Ecuador and the U.S., including Arizona State University, ASU. She worked in the Ministries of Education and Foreign Relations. She has served as a consultant for a wide range of national and international institutions and NGOs. She frequently gave lectures in Ecuador and many other countries. Her research, writing, and teaching focus on topics related to the Andean Indigenous Cosmovision, Kichwa Literature,  Gender from the Andean perspective, Andean Alternative Economy and Knowledge, and New Political Relations between the Nation-State and indigenous Peoples. Currently, her latest book proposal deals with the “What it means to be an Indigenous woman today.”  In addition, she is developing a Manual for teaching the Quechua/Kichwa language, and a book of the Ecuadorian Kichwa Poetry.



  • “Renace el conocimiento indígena en América,” EL TEQUIO # 9. Journal of the Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales-FIOB, Los Ángeles, 2011.
  • “¿Qué significa ser mujer indígena en la contemporaneidad?” MESTER # 39. Graduate students’ journal, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles-UCLA, 2010.