Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Graduate Students


Hector M. Callejas

Native American and indigenous studies; political ecology; Latin American studies; sociocultural anthropology

Bio & Research Interests

Hector M. Callejas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He received his M.A. (2017) and B.A. (2014; with highest honors) from the same department. 

As an anthropologist-in-training, Hector takes an interdisciplinary, comparative, and multi-scalar approach to the relationship between land, indigenous peoples, and the environment across the Americas. His current research focuses on indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation, and rural development in Central America. He has conducted pilot ethnographic fieldwork in El Salvador (2013) and at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2016).

Hector has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and a Chancellor's Fellowship from UC Berkeley. He has been awarded research grants from the Ethnic Studies department, the Native American Studies program, the Center for Race and Gender, and the Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues. He is a Graduate Student in Residence at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. He is a former co-chair of the American Indian Graduate Student Association at UC Berkeley (2016-2018).



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