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Tirso Gonzales (Peruvian Aymara) received his Ph.D. in Sociology/Rural Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been the principal researcher in the Pew project on Biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America under the direction of Dr. Jack Kloppenburg. His dissertation is entitled "Political Ecology of Peasantry, the Seed, and NGOs in Latin America: A Comparative Study of Mexico and Peru, 1940-1995." His current research focuses, from an interdisciplinary perspective, on biodiversity, agrobiodiversity, indigenous peoples, biotechnology, and intellectual property rights. He is also analyzing the political economy and ecology of biodiversity in the Americas (North, Meso, and South). Currently he is a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow associated with the Native American Studies Department at University of California-Davis.

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