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Angélica María Bernal

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor of Political Science
Fellow, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) 2022-2023


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Ph.D., Yale University


Angélica Maria Bernal is Associate Professor of Political Sci­ence at UMass Amherst and faculty affiliate with the Center for Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her research and teaching focus on issues of popular power, constitutional change, decolonial theory and politics, and indigenous social movements and resistance in the Americas.  Her first book Beyond Origins: Rethinking Founding in a Time of Constitutional Democracy(Oxford University Press, 2017) was named the 2018 Foundations of Political Theory First Book Award Honorable Mention by the American Political Science Association.  She is the editor of De La Exclusión a la Participación: Pueblos Indígenas y sus Derechos Colectivos en el Ecuador (Abya Yala Press, 2000). She is currently a Fulbright scholar working on a book on the politics of natural resource extraction with a focus on Indigenous resistance and rejection to extractivism in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Area of Study: 

  • Political theory

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Critical Theory; Decolonial Theory; Indigenous Rights and Social Movements in Latin America; Comparative Constitutionalism


  • Political Science