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Mariaelena Huambachano [Quechua, Peru]

Mariaelena Huambachano

Mariaelena Huambachano [Quechua, Peru]

Assistant Professor



Office: 315.443.3861


Women's and Gender Studies


Native American and Indigenous Studies


  • PhD. The University of Auckland – New Zealand
Biographic Overview

A native Peruvian Indigenous scholar, Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano, Assistant Professor, is joining Syracuse University in the 2021-22 academic year to help build the Global Indigenous Cultures and Environmental Justice Department and Center. She will be teaching courses on Indigenous food sovereignty, Climate Justice, Public Policy, and Indigenous research methodologies in Spring 2022.

Research Specializations

Dr. Huambachano’s research and teaching are rooted in an interdisciplinary approach to Indigenous Studies, Environmental Studies, and Sustainable Development. These areas encompass food and climate justice, environmental governance, agroecology, public policy, community-driven development, traditional ecological knowledge, and decolonizing methodologies.

Upcoming book - University of California, Press

“Recovering our Ancestral Foodways: Indigenous Traditions as a Recipe for Living Well. The book is a celebration of the lore of Quechua and Māori and of the worlds’ Indigenous peoples in safeguarding food systems, innovation, practices, and, ultimately, the well-being of humankind


A full list of courses can be found on Professor Huambachano’s website

Research Interests

Details on research and projects can be found on Professor Huambachano’s website


A full list of publications can be found on Professor Huambachano’s website

2021. UN HLPE. Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems.<> A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security, Rome.

2020 Values, Knowledge, and Rights Shaping Land Use in the Peruvian Amazon: The Shimaa and Diamante Case Studies<>. Case studies in the Environment

2020 From a Three-Legged Stool to a Three-Dimensional World: Integrating Rights, Gender and Indigenous Knowledge into Sustainability Practice and Law<>. Sustainability

2020 “Indigenous good living philosophies and regenerative food systems in Aotearoa New Zealand and Peru,”<> Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems.