Isabel Altamirano is Zapotec from the Tehuantepec Isthmus, Oaxaca, Mexico. She is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Indigenous Feminist Studies. Her research explores how Indigenous women, Two spirit, and Trans folks’s individual embodied experiences intersects with historical changes of property regimes, geopolitics, and global economic processes in Canada and Mexico. Through this research, Altamirano aims at developing a body-territory analytical framework that highlights Indigenous resistance.
Altamirano's most recent books are Indigenous Encounters with Neoliberalism. Place, Women and the Environment published by UBC and Living on the Land. Indigenous Women’s Understandings of Place edited with Kermoal. Isabel research has focused in Canada, Mexico and, to some extent, Nicaragua. She has published a number of articles and book chapters in both domestic and international venues.