UMass Boston

Daniela Balanzategui

Assistant Professor
McCormack Hall Floor 04

Areas of Expertise

Archaeology of the African Diaspora in Latin America, Community-based and Collaborative Archaeology, History of Slavery and Racial Thinking in Latin America, Afro-descendant Women and Archaeology.


Ph.D. in Archaeology, Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC), August 2017
MA. in Archaeology, Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC), March 2012
BA. Honours in Anthropology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (Quito, ECU), March 2007

Additional Information

Daniela Balanzátegui is an assistant professor in the area of historical and collaborative archaeology of the African Diaspora in Latin America. Her research is mainly focused on Afro-Ecuadorian historical strategies to survive slavery, structural racism, and gender discrimination. Her investigation is based on the examination of material culture, ancestral territories, historical narratives, and oral traditions of Afro-descendant populations. Since 2012, She has developed a community-based archaeological project in collaboration with Afro-Ecuadorian communities from a feminist standing point of view. The project provides a space for ethical and respectful work in heritage management, public and community archaeology. She obtained her doctoral and master’s degrees from the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby-Canada.