Alfred Arteaga Dissertation Fellow

Marcelo Garzo Montalvo 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 I am 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 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.