María Laura Pensa

Penn-Mellon Just Futures "Dispossessions in the Americas" (2023-2024)

Laura Pensa holds a degree in anthropology from the University of Buenos Aires (2015), and a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Michigan (2023). Her work looks into different narratives of the Great Chaco region - a lowland space of the Amazonia- and its indigenous inhabitants. She is interested in the connections between the colonial period and the current state of indigenous imaginaries, land rights, and their conflicts in Argentina. Her research focuses on insurgency, following the trajectories of native groups and spaces that were not subject to colonial and national control until the late 19th century.  


September, 2023 to August, 2024