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Margarita Marin-Dale

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
World Languages and Cultures

  • A native of Bolivia, Prof. Marin-Dale’s doctoral studies focused on corporate and international law. In recent years, her attention has turned to social issues concerning the indigenous peoples of South America, and she presently serves as a human rights consultant to various indigenous organizations. She has conducted over a decade of research on Andean themes, and teaches courses on the Andean colonial chronicles, Andean mythology and Native Andean cultures. Her upcoming book is entitled Decoding Andean Mythology, which analyzes Native Andean mythology primarily from a symbolic and interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Degrees

    Juris Doctorate, Law, George Washington University National Law Center
    BA, Psychology, George Washington University
  • Languages Spoken:

    English and Spanish (native), German (advanced), Quechua (conversational), Portuguese and French (reading ability), Aymara and Latin (working knowledge)

  • F 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM (Hamilton 203)

  • (202) 885-2325
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Association of University Professors


  • The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C.


  • Hispanic Reading Room, U.S. Library of Congress


  • The American Bar Association


  • State Bar Association of Massachusetts


  • State Bar Association of Wisconsin


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Prof. Marin-Dale's main topics of research include Inca history and deep analysis of Andean primary sources, such as the Spanish colonial chronicles, and the impact of colonial institutions on contemporary Native Andean culture and society; social conflict and the rise of indigenous social movements in the Andes; and contemporary use of Andean folktales as an avenue for social and political protest.

Media Appearances

Her letters to the editor have been published in the New York Times and the Milwaukee Journal. An article on the professor’s legal career was published in the Sunday magazine of the Milwaukee Journal.

Professional Presentations

  • “Inkarrí: El retorno del inca y la reconstitución mítica del cuerpo del rey andino.”  American University’s “Colloquium on Memory, Myth and Desire in French, Francophone and Hispanic Literature,” January 24, 2007.