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

People / Graduate Students


Hector M. Callejas

Anthropology; Political Ecology; Native American and Indigenous Studies; Latin American Studies

Bio & Research Interests

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

Hector studies contemporary issues regarding indigenous politics, environmental governance, rural development, and agrarian change in the Americas. His current research explores the stakes of making rural populations into "pueblos indígenas" in Central America, with particular attention to indigenous rights, protected areas, and rural livelihoods. He has conducted pilot ethnography in El Salvador (2013) and 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.

Hector is co-chair of the American Indian Graduate Student Association.


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