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

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Marcelo Garzo Montalvo

Radical, Queer, and Feminist of Color Critique; Indigenous Knowledge and Pedagogy; Decolonial Theory; Performance Studies; Trauma, Violence and Healing; Mapuche + Mexica-Anahuaca Cosmovisión and Language (Mapudungun + Nahuatl); Settler Colonialism; Cultural Studies


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Bio & Research Interests

Marcelo Garzo Montalvo (Mapuche, Chilenx) is an educator, activist, musician, dancer, and PhD Candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion, the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award and the Institute of Noetic Sciences Consciousness in Action Award. His academic work has also been supported by the Tinker Foundation, the UC Berkeley Center for American Cultures and Engaged Scholarship and the Center for Latin American Studies. He is an active member of multiple working groups, including Performance in the Americas, the Color of New Media, and Peripheral Futures. As a scholar and educator, Marcelo has been invited to guest lecture in various university classrooms, presented at academic and activist conferences and has facilitated numerous 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 worked 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 program 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.


Dissertation Project (in progress):

The Principles of Living in Harmony: Mapuche and Mexica-Anahuaca Approaches to Embodied Knowledge, Pedagogy and Healing




Keith Feldman, Angela Marino (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies), Kimberly TallBear (University of Alberta Native Studies)
Laura E. Pérez

Courses Taught or Assisted

ES159AC - The Southern Border (GSI)

ES11AC - Theories and Concepts in Comparative Ethnic Studies (GSI)

NASR1A - Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing through Native/Indigenous Literatures (Primary Instructor)

ES10AC - A History of Race in the Western United States, 1598 - Present (GSI)

ES21AC - Abolition Pedagogy and Practice (GSI)

ENG35AC - Climate Change Fictions (ACES Fellow)

Select publications

From Qualitative Research to Research as Quality Time: When Being “in the Field” is also “Coming Home”

La Fiesta de La Tirana