Yojana Miraya Oscco

Quechua-speaking Indigenous researcher- Radio Host

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Quechua-speaking Researcher and Graduate Student

I am from a Quechuan Indigenous community from the Andes of Peru. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto studying political science. My research focuses on Andean politics, communal water management practices, indigenous geography, environmental justice, resource extraction, and rural livelihoods. I earned my BA from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in the field of Geography with a focus on Environmental Geography. In addition, I studied my Master's degree in Social Science at Humboldt State University in the field of Environment and Community. For my MA I completed a very in-depth study titled Adaptation of customary Quechua indigenous political organization in the face of modern resource extraction: A case study in the Apurimac region of the Andes of Peru. This study took me to the highest reaches of the Andes to interview and survey communities about the effects and perceptions of mining on remote communities, especially in relation to their customary forms of political organization. Founder of Kuskalla Abya Yala, an organization dedicated to the revitalization of the native languages of South America.

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Radio Host

During my graduate studies I have had the opportunity to develop my skills as a radio host by co-hosting Charlando con la Raza on KHSU's Radio Bilingue. I am in the process of developing my own podcast at the moment as well, details coming soon...

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Quechua (native), Spanish (native), English (fluent)


Environmental Geographer, Political Scientist, Environmental Social Scientist

Scholarships and Awards

Connaught International Scholarship

Vanier Scholarship

Alistair and Judith McCrone Graduate Fellowship Award

This award is only given to one graduate student in the department per year and it helped me afford the cost of field research in the Andes of Peru in a location near my home village called Juan Espinoza Medrano.