Ana Isla is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario). She teaches courses in social and feminist theories. Professor Isla has two BAs, one in Education and the other in Sociology, an MA from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and a PhD from OISE-University of Toronto. Her doctoral dissertation examined the structure and functioning of the complex Canada-Costa Rica debt-for-nature investment relationship and the projects developed by two non-governmental organizations. Her dissertation received an award in an international competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation for young scholars. Professor Isla's research within the gift economy and the subsistence economy is highly reputed. Her research on ecofeminism is widely published and has secured financial support. Her scholarly work has been included in journal debates and her readers are in English- and Spanish-speaking communities.
Her publications and conference presentations have been picked up by the popular media several times because of their relevance to policy development, as well as to broad social concerns. Professor Isla is currently conducting research in two areas: an exploration of subsistence economies in the Peruvian rainforest, and mining in Latin America. Dr. Isla has a positive international reputation and serves as a Board Member for both the Canadian Woman Studies and Capitalism Nature Socialism journals.