Jorge A Tapia-Ortiz


Jorge was born in Puruándiro in the state of Michoacán, Mexico. He migrated to the United States in 2001. He is currently working in his dissertation entitled “Educación, comunidad y literatura: condiciones para la emergencia de una literatura indígena contemporánea (caso Térraba en Costa Rica)” that includes literary workshops in the indigenous community of Térraba in Costa Rica with the help of the George F. and Mary Ann McGunagle Memorial Award granted by the Nationality Rooms program at the University of Pittsburgh.


  • BA, Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Idaho (2010)
  • MA, University of Pittsburgh (2012)


  • McNair Scholar
  • Rosa Parks Human Rights Student Award, Latah County Human Rights Task Force (Moscow, Idaho)
  • K. Leroy Irvis Fellow

Areas of Specialization

Amerindian Literatures, Indigenous Social Movements, and Shamanic Philosophies.