Fabian Espinosa, MA


Fabian studied biology and anthropology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he completed his MA. He was communication and information coordinator for the Charles Darwin Research Station on the Galápagos Islands, executive director of and researcher for the Cofán Ethnographic Museum in the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve, and advisor to the president of Ecuador on environmental and indigenous affairs. He has extensive experience as a naturalist guide and cultural interpreter, leading groups in archaeology, indigenous cosmologies, and natural history. He is also associated with the Instituto Cientifico de Culturas Indigenas and the Universidad Intercultural Amawtay Wasi. He co-directed the SIT Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages program from 1999 to 2013 and is now sole director of the program.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses
Languages in Contact: Spanish, Quichua, and Other Languages in Ecuador
Paradigms of Development and Political Discourse in Ecuador
Research Methods and Ethics
Independent Study Project


  • MA, University of California at Santa Cruz
Fabian Espinosa, MA

SIT Study Abroad

Academic Director

ECUADOR: Development, Politics, and Languages

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