Yojana Miraya Oscco

Quechua Researcher from Apurímac - Podcast Host

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Quechua Researcher from Apurímac

I am from a Quechuan Indigenous community from the Andes of Peru. I am currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto studying political science. My research focuses on Andean politics, resource extraction, environmental justice, 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 and Podcast 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 currently hosting a tri-lingual (Quechua, Spanish, and English) podcast called Kuskalla that deals with revitalization of the Quechua language and Indigneous activism.

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


Environmental Geography, Political Ecology, Andean and Indigenous Politics

Scholarships and Awards

Connaught International Scholarship

Vanier Scholarship

Alistair and Judith McCrone Graduate Fellowship Award