Michelle Wibbelsman

Michelle  Wibbelsman

Michelle Wibbelsman

Associate Professor | Latin American Indigenous Cultures


614 292-7787

281 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd.,
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • South American Indigenous Cultures
  • Ethnographic Studies
  • Ethnomusicology


  • (2004) Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • (1997) M.A., Latin American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • (1991) B.A. in Plan II Honors and B.A. in French, The University of Texas at Austin.

Michelle Wibbelsman is originally from Ecuador.  She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2004). Prior to joining the faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University she taught at St. Edward's University and The University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Wibbelsman’s interests and areas of specialization include South American indigenous cultures, ethnographic studies and ethnomusicology.  Her work in Andean Ecuador since 1995 has focused on symbolic and semiotic analytical approaches to indigenous performances, ritual practices and politics. Her current research explores indigenous transnational migration, diaspora and cosmopolitanism.