Amanda Daniela Cortez is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. She received her BA degree in anthropology from the University of Washington (2014). Her undergraduate thesis focused on human-other primate relationships in the contexts of a biomedical research facility, a zoo, and a chimpanzee sanctuary. Specifically, it concerned how power structures influence varying relationships of use and care between humans and other primates.

Her current research project, “Framing Women and Animals: situating gender, indigeneity, and multispecies relationships in photography tourism,” seeks to understand the ways in which Indigenous women and animals together navigate the racialized and gendered identities that they construct and perform for tourists in Cusco, Perú. Researching with Quechua women and llamas, alpacas, and lambs, Amanda focuses on how their work in tourism can create new possibilities, as well as new vulnerabilities, for both the women and animals. She is also working toward graduate student minors in History and Philosophy of Science and Gender Studies. Amanda is a Notre Dame Dean’s Fellow. 

Thematic Interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of human-animal relationships, indigeneity, and gender. I am specifically interested in how marginalized Indigenous peoples (especially women) respond to state exclusion, how this affects them economically, and what effect this has on their relationships with the animals.


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Muhammad Yunus

Global Citizenship for Human Development: A Conversation with Muhammad Yunus

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus, the recipient of the 2017–18 Ford Family Notre Dame Award for International Development and Solidarity, is an economist, social entrepreneur, and Nobel Laureate, heralded around the world as a pioneer of microfinance. More recently, he has become known for his efforts to harness capitalism as a force for good that promotes equitable human development and global sustainability...
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Raymond C. Offenheiser ‘71

Ray Offenheiser is the inaugural director of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development and distinguished professor of the practice in the Keough School of Global Affairs, where he serves also on the Keough School’s Leadership Council...
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Romero Days 2018 - Memorializing Martyrdom: Romero's Beatification and Our Task Today
Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC , Peter J. Casarella, Douglass Cassel, David M. Lantigua, Sean O’Brien