Manuela Picq is Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Political Science and contributes to the Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College (USA). She is the author of  Savages and Citizens: How Indigeneity Shapes the State (University of Arizona Press 2024) and Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics (University of Arizona Press 2018). She has co-authored four edited volumes , published dozens of scholarly articles and contributes political analysis to various international media outlets in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. After being detained and expelled from Ecuador in 2015 for her work at the intersection of scholarship, journalism, and activism, she was nominated a New Generation of Public Intellectuals (2018) and featured in the FemiList 100 (2021) of women working in law, policy, and peace building across the Global South. In 2023, she coordinated the presidential campaign of indigenous water defender Yaku Pérez Guartambel in Ecuador.  

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