SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS EXPERTS
Regina Harrison teaches Latin American Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. An accomplished writer, Harrison won prizes for her first book, Signs, Songs, and Memory in the Andes: Translating Quechua Language and Culture from the Modern Language Association and the Latin American Studies Association. Her two prize-winning films document the development of indigenous community tourism in the tropical forest of Ecuador and adventure tourism in the mining region of Potosí, Bolivia. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in the Galapagos Islands, she is a recipient of Fulbright grants, a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science Research Council. With students from Bates College, Regina twice hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and led 5 other excursion-study trips in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. She has lectured on the Quechua oral tradition for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College Professors in Cuzco, Peru.