Faculty
Christiana  Ochoa
Faculty

Christiana Ochoa

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs; Professor of Law and Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellow; Director, Indiana University Mexico Gateway

Education
  • B.A., University of Michigan 1993
  • J.D., Harvard University 1998
Background
  • Documentary film director and executive producer
  • Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs (2014-2017)
  • Director, IU Ph.D. Minor in Human Rights Program, (2010-2014)
  • Visiting Professor and Researcher, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (1998-1999)
  • Corporate Attorney, Clifford Chance, London and New York (1997-2001)
  • Experience with a number of human rights and community development organizations and NGOs in Latin America (1993-1999)
Biography

Christiana Ochoa has focused the majority of her scholarship on the question of how economic activity intersects with human well-being. Before joining the faculty in 2003, she had worked at the global law firm, Clifford Chance, where she dedicated her efforts to cross-border capital markets and asset-finance transactions. She had also worked for a number of human rights and non-governmental organizations in Colombia, Brazil and Nicaragua. Together with her life-experience in Latin America, this work focused her attention on governance in the field of business and human rights. Since that time, her research on governance mechanisms has expanded into the field of law and development.  

Her scholarship in these areas has been published widely, and her first documentary film, Otra Cosa No Hay/There is Nothing Else, was completed in 2014. She is pursuing fieldwork toward the production of a second documentary, which will focus on law as a set of tools for the realization of differing views of development. She is associate director of the IU Center for Documentary Research and Practice, a center within The Media School that brings together scholars and artists from across the university who will work on an array of nonfiction media projects.

Selected Works

Documentary Film:

Otra Cosa No Hay!/There is Nothing Else (2014). This film explores the roles that law, politics and protest play in local communities when its gold attracts the attention of foreign mining companies, and, immediately after, becomes a cause célèbre of environmental activists aiming to protect its water from mining-related contamination. Available at: https://vimeo.com/171784658. The website for the film provides an online home for the trailer and other information about the documentary: http://www.nothingelsefilm.com/

Selected Publications: