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Doctoral Programs - Social Sciences with specialization in Andean Studies 2015-2018

FLACSO Ecuador invites applicants for the Ph.D. in Social Sciences with specialization in Andean Studies. The program will take place in Quito, Ecuador from 2015 to 2018. The doctoral program will give a multidisciplinary vision of the Andean issues, with support in social sciences, political, historical and economic sociology, anthropology and feminist theories.

The program emphasizes three teaching and research areas. First, historical and political sociology, with studies on collective action, conflict and state, as part of the Latin American changes, with particularly interest in changes of the relations between political actors and projects resulting from the crisis of the neoliberal regimes in the Andean region. Second, globalization, migration and inequality. Analyzing principal debates that articulate political economy with processes of transnationalization and transculturation, taking into account the multi-scalar regional relations between the national and transnational levels.  Thirdly, gender approaches, subjectivities and citizenship. Analyzing gender inequalities and the political, economic and social issues; also the processes of exclusion, violence, racism, sexism and homophobia.


The Ph.D. in Social Sciences with specialization in Andean Studies seeks to train scientists capable of making original and interdisciplinary contribution to the social sciences that have a significant impact on the solution of regional problems through theoretical and methodological instruments. For this purpose, it prepares students to pursue a career dedicated to research and teaching in social sciences and to take critical perspectives about economic, social, political and cultural processes taking place in the region.

Specific objectives

  • To train graduate students to produce and handle theoretical and methodological skills in order to analyze contemporary social process in Latin America and Andean region.
  • To generate spaces of academic diffusion that give a higher level to Andean region production of knowledge.
  • To train professionals with leadership skills in order to apply their knowledge in decision-making procedures for public policy.
  • To contribute to the creation of a space of debate and analytical thinking about important issues such as development, democracy, inequality, gender and ethnicity, regional and international migration, political and institutional changes, different ways of participation and collective action.
  • Integrate new national and international research networks with similar objectives. Contribute to generate important links between FLACSO and other educational top centers of research.

Admission requirements

  • A Master’s degree in Social Science or Humanities is required for admission to a Doctoral Program.
  • Having experience as researcher, professor or public policy developer.
  • To submit a complete application for admission with necessary documentation. A complete application includes a doctoral thesis proposal, academic transcripts and letters of recommendation.
  • The applicant have to approve a general knowledge exam.
  • To be interviewed by members of the admission committee.
  • The applicant need to have enough knowledge in English language in order to read academic papers and articles.

FLACSO Ecuador faculty

  • Sofía Argüello, Ph.D. El Colegio de México
  • María Cristina Cielo, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Lisset Coba, Ph.D. FLACSO Ecuador
  • Valeria Coronel, Ph.D. New York University, USA
  • Ana María Goetschel, Ph.D. Amsterdam University, Holland
  • Carmen Gómez, Ph.D. EHESS, France
  • Gioconda Herrera, Ph.D. Columbia University, USA
  • Edison Hurtado, Ph.D. El Colegio de México
  • Santiago Ortiz, Ph.D. FLACSO Ecuador
  • Juan Ponce, Ph.D. International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Holland
  • Cristina Vega, Ph.D. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Susana Wappenstein, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, USA

Associate professors

  • Carmen Diana Deere, Ph.D. University of California Berkeley, USA
  • José Antonio Figueroa, Ph.D. Georgetown University, USA
  • Barbara Grünenfelder, Ph.D. City University of New York, USA
  • Agustín Lao-Montes, Ph.D. University of New York at Binghamton, USA
  • Nancy Postero, Ph.D. University of Berkeley, USA
  • Liliana Rivera, Ph.D. New School for Social Research, USA


Application Deadline: August 29, 2014
English and general knowledge exam: September 19, 2014
Interview (research proposal presentation): from the 1st to the 15th October.
Admission decisions: October 31, 2014
Registration period: From the 5th January to the 6th March, 2015
First day of classes: March 16, 2015

Curriculum structure

Modalities of study

The Ph.D. in Social Science has to stages. First, a present modality for 18 months. During this period, the student have to complete courses, seminars and a doctoral exam. The program requires completion of 10 courses divided in general knowledge courses, specialization courses, methodological and elective courses. Faculty and visiting professors will dictate them. The five workshops will be oriented towards the doctoral thesis and conducted by professors from the doctoral program. During these workshops, students will develop a topic; define a problem, a theoretical framework, a methodology and relevant resources, under the supervision of their thesis director. The workshop will continue until the completion of a thesis first draft. The second part of the program includes a non-present modality that includes 24 months of research period. This is a period dedicated to research, analysis and writing of the dissertation.

Credit system

Students must complete 110 credits, including, main courses representing 40 credits, seminars representing 20 credits, a doctoral exam representing 10 credits and culminating in a doctoral thesis. Students have to complete three compulsory courses, three specialization courses, one course in research methodology and three elective courses representing 4 credits each for a total of 40 credits.

I Ciclo (18 meses)
II Ciclo
(12 meses)
(12 meses)

Módulo I
mar/may 2015

Módulo II
Módulo III
Módulo IV
Módulo V
Módulo VI
Módulo VII

ago 2016 /
jul 2017

ago 2017 /
juli 2018
Formación general Teoría y metodología en las ciencias sociales Pensamiento social en los Andes Desarrollo y economía en los países andinos Historia social y política contemporánea en los Andes Optativa: Economía política andina en el cambio del siglo (XX-XXI) Optativa: Sociedad civili y democracia participativa   Investigación y trabajo de campo Culminación y defensa de tesis
Especialización Globalización y desigualdades Sociología histórica y política Articulaciones de clase, género, raza y etnicidad en A.L. Optativa: Género y poder en los Andes Optativa: Movimientos sociales y acción colectiva en la región andina Optativa: Procesos migratorios, transnacionalismo y Estado en la región andina  

Métodos cualitativos y de análisis documental

Métodos cuantitativos

Examen general de conocimientos

Investigación y tesis
Taller 1
Taller II
Taller III (aprobación plan de tesis)
Taller IV
Taller V

General knowledge exam

After the fifth section, students must take two written qualifying examinations on general knowledge, consisting on the development of essays that analyze the role of art in related fields to their thesis project.

Ph.D. thesis

The dissertation will use primary sources and its own social research methodology. The doctoral dissertation will reflect a comparative or regional vision of the Andean countries and will use concepts and methodologies of the social sciences. The dissertation projects must be part of the research fields of the Department of Sociology and Gender Studies.

  • Globalization, migration and inequality
  • Historical and political sociology
  • Gender, subjectivities and citizenship.
Before the submission of the doctoral dissertation, students must have published at least two academic articles, related to their dissertation topic, in specialized and indexed scientific journals. In order to approve the program, the student have to present his doctoral dissertation in front of a jury composed of specialist professors in the area of research. 


Following criteria is considered:

  • Academic background, fields of study and academic transcripts.
  • Research experience, which includes the evaluation of articles and papers published by the applicant.
  • Doctoral dissertation proposal.
  • Exam.
  • Interview.
  • Language knowledge.

Scholarships and financial support 

FLACSO Ecuador offers monthly stipends of USD 960 for 36 months. In addition, FLACSO Ecuador offers a research funding that support the best dissertation projects through scholarships contests. FLACSO will support their students to get international, public or private scholarships in order to help them to complete their doctoral program.