Alfred Arteaga Dissertation Fellow

Marcelo Garzo Montalvo

mgarzo@berkeley.edu Marcelo Garzo Montalvo (Mapuche, Chilenx) is an award-winning scholar-activist, classically-trained experimental musician, Aztec ceremonial dancer and PhD Candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion and the Institute of Noetic Sciences Consciousness in Action Award. His academic work has been supported by the Tinker Foundation, the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, the Center for American Cultures and Engaged Scholarship and the Center for Latin American Studies. He is an active member of multiple on-campus working groups, including Performance in the Americas, the Color of New Media, and Peripheral Futures. Marcelo has been teaching in the Department of Ethnic Studies since 2012, receiving the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in 2016. As a scholar and educator, he regularly teaches and guest lectures in university and K-12 classrooms, presents at academic and activist conferences, and facilitates popular education workshops with community-based organizations. He has worked on staff and served on the board of directors for multiple Bay Area-based community food justice organizations including the People’s Grocery, Planting Justice and Pie Ranch. He has also been active as a healing justice organizer, co-founding the BadAss Visionary Healers and serving on the organizing committee for the Men’s Healing Clinic Collective. As an artist and musician, Marcelo is an alumnus of the Emerging Artists Professionals Fellowship and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Labor and Ecology Think Tank. His art, research and activism focuses on decolonization and inter-generational, inter-cultural healing.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Lilia Soto

Lsoto1@uwyo.edu Lilia is an associate professor of American Studies and Latina/o Studies at the University of Wyoming with affiliations in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and International Studies. From a historical and ethnographic position, my research focuses on comparative/relational race and ethnic studies, transnational migration, identity formation and the interconnectedness of time, place, age, gender and sexuality. My first book titled, _Girlhood in the Borderlands: Mexican Teens Caught in the Crossroads of Migration_ (New York: New York University Press, July 2018), couples the temporalities of migration with age, gender, and sex as intersecting categories of analyses and the bearing these have on the lived experiences of Mexican teenage girls raised in transnational families. I have also begun to work on my second research project where I trace the historical silencing of the Mexican presence from the Napa Valley narrative and its rippling effect in present-day Napa. I have been the recipient of the following fellowships and awards: NEH Summer Seminar, the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. At the University of Wyoming, I teach courses such as Introduction to Latina/o Studies; U.S. Women of Color; Women, Gender and Migration.

Visiting Scholar

Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez

ornelas@berkeley.edu Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez, Ph.D., is a historian, and currently a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.  Ornelas’ work and research focuses on California history, and in particular, Chicano history and Chicano/Latino studies and Latino politics.  Much of his work has focused on archival research that documents Mexican and Mexican American history.  The history of Mexican labor in the United States necessarily includes the study of civil and voting rights and the generations of Mexicans who advocated for those rights.  Ornelas is currently rewriting for publication his dissertation, titled The Struggle for Social Justice in the Monterey Bay Area 1930-2000: The Transformation of Mexican and Mexican American Political Activism.  Dr. Ornelas Rodriguez currently serves on the board of directors of the California Institute for Rural Studies.  His areas of expertise include U.S. and California History, Political Science, and Latino Politics.

Visiting Scholar

Maurício Barros de Castro

barrosdecastro@berkeley.edu Maurício Barros de Castro, Ph.D. in History, University of São Paulo, is a professor at the Rio de Janeiro State University and currently a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Castro research’s focus on the art of the Black Power movement (1963-1983), mainly Afro American artist Faith Ringgold, and its connections with the artworks of Chicano artist Rupert Garcia and Afro-Brazilian artist Abdias do Nascimento. His areas of expertise include an interdisciplinary perspective on Contemporary Art, Black Popular Culture, African Diaspora and Afro-Latinx History. He is the author of three books on Afro-Brazilian Popular Culture and is published in AM Journal of Art and Media Studies (2018) and African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal (2016).

Undergraduate Research Apprentices

Frida Pavlova Torres

Frida is a junior at UC Berkeley, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Chicanx/Latinx Studies. She currently facilitates a GenSex DeCal on campus, which focuses on power, privilege and mental health. Her research focuses on how online dating apps affect sexual education and discourse. Frida is the co-editor of Revista N’oj and works on the LRC podcast project.

Adriana Ortega

Adriana Ortega is currently a junior transfer from Los Angeles. She attended Glendale Community College and is a Media Studies Major at UC Berkeley. Adriana is extremely exited to be working on the Latinx Research Center’s media projects and hopes to gain experience that she could take with her in the future.

Michael Allen Papias

Michael Papias is a fourth-year double majoring in Ethnic Studies and Film, with a Minor in Education. This semester he will be working closely with Professor Raymond Telles and his URAP team on producing documentary segments/chronicles. This will take the shape of assisting in the research process and assisting in any production/post-production work.

Daniel Marquez

Daniel Marquez is a senior at UC Berkeley studying Political Economy with a concentration in Latin America. As a URAP apprentice, Daniel will be developing podcasts for the Latinx Research Center based on interviews and research pertinent to the various work being done at the LRC.

Gabriela “Gaby” Padilla

Gabriela was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. She is an undergraduate student majoring in Art History at the University of California, Berkeley with an interest in Chicanx/Latinx art. Her goal is to build a positive atmosphere in academic institutions for people of all backgrounds to learn, experience and appreciate the arts.

Sam Gutierrez

Sam Gutierrez (they/them) is a first-generation, queer Latinx student embarking on their third year as an Ethnic Studies major and Education minor. They are excited to begin their work as an Undergraduate Research Apprentice and look forward to learning more about the possibilities art holds as a mode to share knowledge and understand others in relation to Ethnic Studies.

Lily Lucero

Lily is a second year double majoring in Global Studies (Latin America focus) and Spanish and Portuguese. In addition to working as a research apprentice at the LRC, Lily writes for the Latin American Leadership Society’s publication, volunteers at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, is on the board of the Student Immigration Relief Clinic, and enjoys hiking, swimming, and making art of her own in her free time. ies.

Ayana Molina

Ayana Mora is a 2nd year Anthropology major with a minor in Journalism. This semester Ayana will be working with Professor Raymond Telles on the Latinx Histories and Documentary Arts Project at the LRC.

Jonathan Molina

Jonathan is junior transfer at UC Berkeley. He majoring in Political Science and minoring in Ethnic Studies. He assists Professor Angela Marino’s research into the intersections of performance, media, and democracy. He also helps create podcasts in association with the LRC.