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Ximena Sevilla

Graduate Student
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Environmental history, Latin America, Amazonia, and indigenous peoples in the colonial period.

Advised by Greg Cushman.

Born in Lima, Peru, Ximena studied her MA in cultural anthropology at the University of Kansas, and received a BA in sociology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Her research focuses on the Upper Amazon region of Peru and Ecuador. Ximena's aim is to understand the historical and ecological events that have shaped Amazonian colonial settlements, and indigenous people’s ancestral territories from the 16th to the 18th century. During the two last years, she has been analyzing travelers' narratives and descriptions about their expeditions to the Amazon River and its tributaries.

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