Anthropology & International Studies Major
Mellon Mays Fellow
Glenda is pursuing her interests in global affairs, cultures, and environmentalism as a double major in anthropology and international studies. When Glenda began her college career, she realized that she could not study or begin to understand other cultures without knowing her own. In the process of reintroducing herself to her Ecuadorian roots, she recognized the symbiotic relationship between Andean culture and the environment; the constructed landscape, the food, the art, and the people themselves are all bound inextricably to the environment. Despite these deep historical roots in nature, years of unsustainable global development has placed Andean nations—and Latin America in general—at the center of an environmental crisis. Glenda seeks to understand the socio-political and economic policies that have led to these environmental problems in order to find alternative paths to development. She is studying indigenous forms of sustainable agriculture as a practical alternative to industrial agriculture; she hopes that reintroduction of indigenous knowledge will foster the creation of culturally sensitive and environmentally sustainable polities and projects. She is also researching social movements for food sovereignty in areas like Argentina where family-operated farms have been transformed into industrial operations. In the future, Glenda's hopes to pursue ethnographic research in Latin America as she earns a PhD in anthropology.