Gladys is a Maya K’iche’ sociologists and public intellectual specialized in the study of indigenous forms of government and land ownership in Guatemala. She is also the co-founder of the indigenous women photographers collective “Con Voz Provia» (With Own Voice). Her practice and research work addresses the politics of desire and indigenous forms of communal politics.
In the past decades Gladys has supported several important processes in her territory including the Maya, Garífuna and Xinka Assembly of Indigenous Authorities. Her latest books are Sistemas de Gobierno Comunal Indígena: mujeres y tramas de parentesco en Chuimeq’ena’ (2016) and Gobierno Comunal Indígena y Estado Guatemalteco. Algunas claves para comprender la tensa relación (2018). In 2018 she was recipient of the Voltaire- Preis Für Toleranz Völkeverständigung und Respekt vor Differenz, a prize given by Potsdam University.