Ulises Espinoza

Senior Research Assistant Anthropology

Ulises Espinoza graduated from DePaul University in 2016, securing a BS in Biology and Cognition. Furthering his passion for understanding human dynamics, he pursued and obtained a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2023. Ulises’s scholarly endeavors largely focus on the ascription of value to various bodies of knowledge, especially emphasizing the distinctive ownership components as understood by identities outside the European-derived legal domain. His dissertation encapsulated an amalgamation of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. On the quantitative front, he conducted a series of cross-cultural vignette-based studies aiming to better understand the perception of knowledge as property, and its intricate relationship with morality, language, intentions, and institutional customs. On the qualitative side, his research delves deep into the conceptualization of knowledge ownership by Achuar and Shuar communities in southeastern Ecuador, employing a comprehensive ethnographic approach in his fieldwork that began in 2017.