The Team

Who We Are

Tod Dillon Swanson

Founder & Director

Tod Dillon Swanson is Associate Professor in the Humanities and Senior Sustainability Scholar in the Global Institute for Sustainability at Arizona State University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1988.  His research focusses on the social relation to nature in indigenous thinking about the environment in the western Amazon. Swanson grew up in Pastaza Province Ecuador where his father work as a doctor beginning in 1961 and is married to Josefina Andi with whom he cofounded the Andes and Amazon Field School in 1999.     

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Diana Chavez Vargas

Office Administrator

Diana has an MA in Indigenous Planning from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and BA in Business Administration from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.   She is a member of the Amazonian Kichwa Comuna San Jacinto and President of Fundación Cotococha.  

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Janis B. Nuckolls

Professor of Linguistics

Janis Nuckolls is an anthropological linguist and professor of linguistics at Brigham Young University who received her Ph.D from the University of Chicago. Her research interests center on the cultural poetics of Kichwa verbal practice and the role of ideophones and grammatical categories such as evidentiality in the expression of attitudinal alignments with nonhuman nature. 

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Bélgica Dagua

Traditional Ceramic Arts Instructor and Story teller

Traditional Ceramic Arts Instructor and Story Teller, Singer of Traditional Songs

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Eulodia Dagua

Traditional Ceramic Arts Instructor and Story Teller, Singer of Traditional Songs

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Armando Muyulema

FLAS Kichwa Language Instructor

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Nely Shiguango

FLAS Kichwa Language Instructor

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David Manuel Navarrete

Associate Professor of Sustainability

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Annie Preaux

Instructor

Medical Anthropology

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