Ángela María Estrada Mesa, Ph.D.

Ph.D. – Social Psychology
Senior Professor
Universidad de Los Andes
Bogotá, Colombia

Mail address: Cra. 19-C No. 86-A 60 Apt 401, Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Email: aestrada@uniandes.edu.co, angelamariaestrada@hotmail.com

I was born in Bogotá, Colombia where I was raised. I spent a long time looking for a Psychology that was critical of the empiricist paradigm and adequate for the Latin-American context. In that process I also studied Education and Philosophy. I am glad to be able to combine different areas of knowledge.

Finally I found the socio-constructionist paradigm of Ken Gergen and also the Psychology of Liberation of Ignacio Martín-Baró; both are today the main tools of my academic project. I have been teaching and researching for the last 20 years on two main issues: subjection and political culture, and subjection and sexual diversity.  I decided to get an advanced training in Social Psychology and therefore I got a doctoral degree in the subject. It has been a wonderful experience to go to Brazil and study there.

Recently I got a senior position in Los Andes University where I spent the last twelve years developing an agenda that combines teaching, research and extension. Research training has been the most rewording: I have had the privilege of leading the integration of students in a collaborative perspective that forwards the initiatives of my research group.

Today I am interested in international experiences and development. For me, the Taos Institute represents the possibility of participating in the development of a new generation of social psychologists in Colombia that can be educated at the highest level. I like to think that as a country we are walking in that direction.

On the personal side, I love gourmet cooking, entertaining dinners in my table, and enjoying a good meal and an even better conversation. I love the good sense of humor. I have two daughters of whom I am very proud. They are independent and very well educated people, who I expect will find the adequate company for their qualities. I also like to dance tropical music and to enjoy jazz.