Dr. Herrera did her undergraduate studies in Ecuador studying
sociology and political science. She became interested in
women and development issues while she was writing her undergraduate
sociology thesis, which was on the labor conditions of women
in flower plantations in Ecuador and the impacts on their
families and communities. After graduating, she worked for
five years in two NGOs that focused their activities in
the rural highlands of Ecuador. She received her Ph.D in
the Sociology Department at Columbia University. In her
dissertation, she turned to another aspect of gender relations
and adopted an historical perspective. Working on the relationship
between gender, religion and nation in the period of the
liberal reforms in Ecuador.
Dr. Herrera returned to Ecuador in 1998 to carry out her
dissertation field work and began teaching at the Latin
American Faculty of Social Sciences in Quito. She was in
charge of setting a Graduate Diploma on Gender and Public
Policy that was sponsored by the National Council of Women
of Ecuador. She worked with a team of researchers and policy
makers in the design of the program and then FLACSO implemented
it. After this first experience FLACSO decided to create
a Gender Studies Program in 2000. From then on, Dr. Herrera
has been working as a researcher and professor of the Gender
Studies Program at FLACSO. Besides continuing with her dissertation
work, from 1999 to 2001 her research interests were centered
on gender and public policy. She has done consulting work
on these issues for UNICEF, UNDP and CONAMU. In 2001 she
started research on gender and migration. Her current research
proposal is a result of two previous short research projects
on the impacts of migration in local communities and families.
2004, (forthcoming) ¨Remesas y estatus social: una
mirada de la migración desde la sociedad de origen"
in Nieves Zúñiga (ed.) Migración,
desarrollo social e interculturalidad, Madrid: Instituto
de Investigaciones por la Paz.
2003, "Women´s issues in Ecuador" en Amy
Lind (ed.) The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women´s
Issues Wesport: Greenwood Press. 2003 . pg.201-223.
2002, "La migración vista desde el lugar de
origen" ICONOS, 15, Diciembre. FLACSO-Ecuador. Pg.
2001, (ed.) Antología de estudios de género
en el Ecuador, FLACSO-ILDIS.
2001 Masculinidades en el Ecuador,(Coeditor with
Xavier Andrade) FLACSO