Pete Shear teaches a travel/study course for UVM

This study-abroad and service-learning course focuses on issues of land use, distribution, and reform in Ecuador. Today, social movements in Ecuador are at the global forefront of grassroots political organization and egalitarian land reform. This two-week-long course provides students with an experiential introduction to the Andean region through the historical, cultural, political, ecological, and physical geography of Ecuador. Stays with families, participatory agricultural work, lectures from Ecuadorian scholars and officials, visits to institutions, and guided hikes.
End of December first week of January. NOTE: Student course fee TBA; Mandatory pre-departure meetings will be announced; Instructor permission required. This is a Winter term travel/study course.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Mesoamerican and Andean History and World Economic Geography, politics of land use in Ecuador, rural integrated development projects in Guatemala and Ecuador


  • MS in Political Geography, University of Vermont (1997)