María Luisa Molina López, Ph.D.

Instituto Kanankil
Instituto Kanankil AC
Carretera a Cholul
Mérida, Yucatan 97300

Phone: (999) 167-5528

Dr. Molina received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Public Policy, Women Studies and Chicano Studies from the University of Iowa; she also holds a MA in Education and Development from the same university. Previous to her work at Instituto Kanankil as Director, she was the Director for Academic Development at Universidad de Oriente (2006-2009) and served as the General Director of the National Institute for Women from 2003-2006 in Mexico City. She has also held different positions as administrator and profesor, among them: Director of the Women´s Resource and Action Center (1989-1994) at the University of Iowa, Distinguished Professor at Hamilton College, New York (1994-1996); professor at the San Francisco Institute for Integral Studies (1996-1999), teaching in the Feminism and Spirituality Master´s Degree Program; Senior Consultant in Camboya for the Neag Nari Party during the 1998 elections; delegate of the Quintana Roo Institue for Women in Cancun, Mexico (2000-2002); founder and Director of CIAM-Cancun (2002-2003), a shelter for battered women. In December of 2009, she accepted her current post at Instituto Kanankil.

Dr. Molina’s early publications and research focused on the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality; her most recent research is based on ancestral indigenous knowledge and its relationship with collaborative and social-constructionist practices.