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- Ph.D. Chicana/o/x Studies, 2016 — University of California, Santa Barbara
- Master’s degree in Chicana/o/x Studies, 2012 — University of California, Santa Barbara
- Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric, 2000 — University of California, Berkeley
- Innovating methods of decipherment of Indigenous Mexican pictorial andiconographic texts, using Indigenous epistemologies to perform cultural and linguistic analyses.
- Ancient and contemporary Indigenous Mesoamerican art, identity, religion,linguistics, gender, science, and other elements of culture.
- Ancient cross-cultural, Aztec/Mayan, pictorial and glyphic presentations ofastronomical/calendric knowledge related to Venus calendars, and religious beliefs and practices.
- Revitalization of Indigenous culture and language among contemporary Mexican, Chicana/o/x,Latina/o/x, and other Indigenous populations.
- Deconstructing contemporary media representations of sexism and racism against IndigenousMesoamericans and their diverse descendants.