Dayna Cueva Alegría

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  • PhD Candidate
  • Geography
  • Social Theory
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  • Other Affiliations:

MA. Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana University

MA. Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BA. Philosophy and Chemistry (Double Major), Wellesley College



Rsearch Interests

Environmental Geography

Political Geography 

Democracy and Environmental Governance

State and Development


My field research is based in the coffee fields of Cajamarca, Peru and around Lake Titicaca in Puno, Peru. In Cajamarca, I study female governance and development in the Cafe Femenino Fair Trade Cooperative while in Puno, I study the role of democratization in Lake Titicaca's water pollution governance.




GEO 316 "Environment and Development", Spring 2019 - (Primary Instructor)

GEO 162 "Global Environmental Issues", Spring 2018 - (Teaching Assistant)

GEO 255 "Geography of the Global Economy", Spring 2017 - (Teaching Assistant)



Conference Presentations

International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) “In Defense of the Commons: Challenges, Innovation, and Action”, Lima, Peru, July 2, 2019. Presented field research titled: Water Pollution Governance in Lake Titicaca: Creating Political Spaces of Democratization.

35th Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) “Geographic Research in 21st Century Latin America", San José, Costa Rica, May 21, 2018. Presented (in Spanish) field research titled: Is Fair Trade Coffee Enough for Development? El Precio Justo Alcanza Para el Desarrollo?

Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Conference “Democracy, Citizenship, and Violence in Latin America", University of Kentucky, September 15, 2017. Presented field research titled: Café Femenino: Democratic Governance, the State, and Development.

American Association of Geographers Conference (AAG), Tampa, Florida, April 8–12, 2014. Presented paper titled: The Role of State and Civil Society Engagement in Transforming the State-Society Boundary Configuration in Ayacucho, Peru.



Selected Publications: 

Cueva Alegría, D. (2016). The case of Café Femenino: The limitations of gender-conscious Fair Trade. World Development Perspectives, 1, 1-3. 

Cueva Alegría, D. (2019). Branding of an Ethical Development Narrative: Fair Trade, Gender, and Peru's Café Femenino. In S. Brunn & R. Kehrein (Eds.), Handbook of the Changing World Language Map. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Publications.



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