Maximilian Viatori

Associate Professor – Sociocultural Anthropologist

Research Interests

My research explores ethnic, racial and class inequalities and their relationships to state politics, governance and the control of natural resources. I worked for many years on indigenous rights and social movements in Ecuador, which is the subject of my first book, One State, Many NationsIndigenous Rights Struggles in Ecuador. I also conducted a multi-year project on race in Ecuadorian public discourse and another on conservation debates in Canada. Most recently, I have been studying artisanal fishers in Peru and their struggles to maintain access to productive marine resources and am writing a book manuscript on the subject. 

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  • 2010 One State, Many Nations: Indigenous Rights Struggles in Ecuador. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press.


  • Forthcoming “Public Secrets, Muzzled Science: Agnotological Practice, State Performance, and Dying Salmon in British Columbia.” Political and Legal Anthropology Review 39(2): 31pp.
  • 2016 “Upheaval and the Maintenance of Indigenous Alterity: Borders, Crises and Racecraft in Ecuador, 1941-2008. Ethnohistory 63(3):497-518.
  • 2016 “Defending White-Mestizo Invisibility through the Production of Indigenous Alterity: (Un)Marking Race in Ecuador’s Mainstream Press.” Anthropological Quarterly 89(2): 483-512.
  • 2015 “Rift, Rupture and the Temporal Politics of Race in Ecuador: Whiteness and the Narration of Neoliberal Futures during and after the Cenepa War.” History and Anthropology 26(2):187-205.
  • 2014 “Indigenous Threats and White Counterfactuals: The Semiotics of Race in Elite Print Media Coverage of Ecuador’s 1990 Indigenous Uprising.” Anthropological Theory 14(4):387-404.
  • 2013 “Sovereignty and the Other in Ecuadorian Nationalist Discourse.” Identities 20 (2):190-206.
  • 2012 “Loss and Amazonian Otherness in Ecuador.” Invited submission for special issue: Discourses of Loss in the Amazon. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 17(3):435-450.
  • 2009 “Re-imagining Amazonia” (review article). Focaal: The European Journal of Anthropology 53:117-122.
  • 2008  “Soccer Nationalism: Ecuador and the World Cup. City & Society 20(2):275-281.
  • 2008  “Gender and Indigenous Self-Representation in the Zápara Nationality of Ecuador.”  Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 3(2):193-203.    
  • 2007 (with Gloria Ushigua) “Speaking Sovereignty: Indigenous Languages and Self-determination.” Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies 22(2):7-21.
  • 2007 “Zápara Leaders and Identity Construction in Ecuador: The Complexities of Indigenous Self-Representation.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 12(1):104-133.
  • 2005 “New Bodies, Ancient Blood: ‘Purity’ and the Construction of Zápar Identity in the Ecuadorian Amazon.” Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 3(2):175-195.


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