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Hector M. Callejas

Research

Latin American and Latinx studies; Native American and Indigenous studies; sociocultural anthropology; human geography; decolonial methodologies

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Bio & Research Interests

Hector M. Callejas (mestizo/Latino) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (Chochenyo Ohlone territory). He researches and teaches on Latin American and Latinx studies; Native American and Indigenous studies; sociocultural anthropology; human geography; and decolonial methodologies. He received his M.A. (2017) and B.A. (2014) from the same department. He is from the predominantly Mexican Latinx community in Sacramento, California (Nisenan territory). His parents immigrated from El Salvador and Guatemala during the civil wars in the early 1980s.

As an interdisciplinary and critical scholar, Hector analyzes the intersections of Indigeneity, race, and colonialism in the Americas. His research focuses on Indigenous and Latinx politics and crosses the fields of Latin American and Latinx studies; Native American and Indigenous studies; sociocultural anthropology; and human geography. His current project examines the relationship between Indigenous dispossession, national cultural heritage, and settler colonialism in Latin America. His next project will explore connections between Latinx migrations, environmental racism and justice, and tribal sovereignty in the United States.

Hector’s research has been funded by a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies; a Graduate Student Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation; and a competitive Chancellor’s Fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received competitive research awards from various units on campus: the Native American Studies program, the Center for Race and Gender, the Myer’s Center for Research of Native American Issues, and the Ethnic Studies department.

Building on his research interests, Hector’s in-classroom pedagogy teaches students how to conduct decolonial research that advances social justice for Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color communities in the United States and abroad.  

He is a member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the Latin American Studies Association, the American Anthropological Association; the American Association of Geographers; and the American Studies Association.

Dissertation Committee:

Thomas Biolsi (co-chair)

Shari Huhndorf (co-chair)

Rosemary Joyce (Anthropology)