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Amalia Pallares, PhD

Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity


Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Office of Diversity, Political Science; and Latin American and Latino Studies


Building & Room:

2633 UH, M/C 103


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 355-1308

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Amalia Pallares CV


Amalia Pallares is Professor of Political Science and Latin American and Latino Studies and Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. She studies social movements, ethnicity and race in Latin America and  the United States, focusing on the connections between political activism and identity formation among recently mobilized groups. Her first book "From Peasant Struggles to Indian Resistance: the Ecuadorian Andes in the late Twentieth Century" analyzed the social, economic and political conditions that inform contemporary indigenous activism and identity in Ecuador. More recently, she has focused on immigrant activism in Chicago. She coedited "Marcha: Latino Chicago and the National Immigrant Movement (University of Illinois Press, 2010) which explored the role played by institutions, collective organizing experiences, political coalitions and public policies in shaping immigrant activism and subjectivities. Her most recent book "Family Activism: Immigrant Struggles and the Politics of Non-Citizenship” (Rutgers University Press, 2014) focuses on the different ways in which family and the family separation issue is politicized in immigrant rights struggles. Her new research projects focus on civil disobedience acts  and anti-deportation activism of undocumented immigrants. Prof. Pallares teaches courses on social movements,  Latino Politics, identity politics, social movements, race, ethnicity and politics in the Americas, Latin American Politics, comparative Politics and state theory.

Selected Grants

Latino Immigrant Civic Engagement Project, IRRPP Grant, 2011

Immigrant Mobilization Project, IGPA grant, 2006-2007

Selected Publications

Marcha: Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement. Co-authored with Nilda Flores-González. University of Illinois Press, 2010.

“Ecuadorian Immigrants and Symbolic Nationalism in Chicago.” Latino Studies Journal, November 2005.

“Entre Singapore y el Tahuantisuyo: las autonomías y el imaginario social en el Ecuador” [Between Singapore and the Tahuantisuyo: The Autonomy Struggle and the Social Imaginary  in Ecuador].Procesos2003, Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar.

From Peasant Struggles to Indian Resistance: the Ecuadorian Andes in the late Twentieth Century, University of Oklahoma Press, 2002.

Notable Honors

2011-2012, Fellowship, Humanities Institute

2008-2009, Fellowship, Great Cities Institute

2002, Fellowship in Ecuador, Fulbright Research


PhD University of Texas, 1997

Research Currently in Progress

Racial and Ethnic Politics in Latin America, Comparative Politics, Latinos in the United States