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Tulane University

Maria Akchurin

CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Center for Inter-American Policy and Research

Maria Akchurin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy & Research and a sociologist studying institutional politics and social movements relating to social and environmental policies in South America. Her research interests include political sociology, global/transnational sociology, comparative historical sociology, and environment and development.

Maria’s current research follows two main lines of inquiry focusing on the political and social processes around the governance of water resources, using cases from Argentina and Chile. The first line of inquiry, based on her dissertation work, focuses on private and public sector approaches to the provision of urban water and sanitation services, as well as mobilization around access to water and sanitation in cities. The second traces the history of environmentalist and environmental justice organizations alongside socio-environmental conflicts between local communities and the mining, forestry, and hydropower industries in Chile.

Maria has also studied how alliances among different civil society groups, including environmentalists and indigenous organizations, influenced the introduction of nature as a new subject of legal rights in Ecuador. In addition to socio-environmental issues, her broader research agenda encompasses interests in women’s activism, the relationship of contemporary labor movements to “new” social movements, and the impact of mobilization on policies affecting social welfare in a comparative context. Her work has been published in Law & Social Inquiry and the American Sociological Review.

At CIPR, Maria will be coordinating the research group on Mobilization, Extractivism, and Governmental Action, headed by Dr. Eduardo Silva.

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago, 2015
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Chicago, 2009
  • B.A., International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2004
Academic Experience
  • Lecturer, Northwestern University, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
  • Lecturer, University of Chicago, Spring 2014, Fall 2010
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Chicago, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Winter 2010, Fall 2009, Winter 2009
  • Lecturer, University of Chicago, Winter 2011

Research & Teaching Specializations: Political sociology and Social movements, Comparative Environmental Sociology, Politics of Water in Argentina and Chile

  • Photography Prize, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, 2014
  • Markovitz Dissertation Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2013
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2013
  • Marvin E. Olsen Best Student Paper Award, Environment and Technology Section, American Sociological Association, 2011
  • Tinker Field Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago, 2010
  • Francis X. Kinahan Award for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Writing, University of Chicago, 2009
  • Spanish
  • Russian
Overseas Experience
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Ecuador
Selected Publications
  • 2015. “Constructing the Rights of Nature: Constitutional Reform, Mobilization, and Environmental Protection in Ecuador.” Law and Social Inquiry. 40(4):937-968.
  • 2013. “Pathways to Empowerment: Repertoires of Women’s Activism and Gender Earnings Equality.” American Sociologicaql Review. 78:679-701.

Latin American-Related Courses Taught in Last 2 years: Global Perspectives on Environment, Politics, & Society

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Read Across the Americas Summer Program at the Children's Resource Center

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Join us every first and third Saturday at 10:30 am for a bilingual storytime for kids ages 2 – 10. The program is part of an initiative between Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the New Orleans Public Library called the Pebbles Center.


Saturday, June 1
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Saturday, June 15
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Saturday, July 6
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Saturday, July 20
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Read Across the Americas Summer Program at the Algiers Regional Branch

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Join us every Wednesday at 10:30 am for a bilingual storytime for kids ages 2 – 10. The program is part of an initiative between Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the New Orleans Public Library called the Pebbles Center. This summer we will explore the environment and diverse geography of Latin America. Bring your favorite jungle animal and be prepared to learn some Spanish as we embark on an adventure through the Americas. This program provides a reading list of recommended titles for all ages to explore Latin America on your own this summer. If you read all books, you will be eligible for a special award offered during Hispanic Heritage month at the annual Celebración Latina held at the Audubon Zoo.


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