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; Decolonial Theory; Performance Studies; Trauma, Violence and Healing; Mapuche + Mexica-Anahuaca Cosmovisión, Pedagogy and Language (Mapudungun + Nahuatl); History, Geography and Cultural Studies


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Bio & Research Interests

Marcelo Garzo Montalvo (Mapuche, Chilenx) is an award-winning scholar-activist, classically-trained experimental musician, Aztec ceremonial dancer and PhD Candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion and the Institute of Noetic Sciences Consciousness in Action Award. His academic work has been supported by the Tinker Foundation, the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, the Center for American Cultures and Engaged Scholarship and the Center for Latin American Studies. He is an active member of multiple on-campus working groups, including Performance in the Americas, the Color of New Media, and Peripheral Futures. Marcelo has been teaching in the Department of Ethnic Studies since 2012, receiving the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in 2016. As a scholar and educator, he regularly teaches and guest lectures in university and K-12 classrooms, presents at academic and activist conferences, and facilitates 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 been active 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 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):





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

ES11AC - Theories and Concepts in Comparative Ethnic Studies

NASR1A - Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing through Native/Indigenous Literatures

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

ES21AC - Abolition Pedagogy and Practice

ENG35AC - Climate Change Fictions

ED98/VS198 - Heart-Mind, Meditation, and Spiritual Paths

CHICANO110 - Latinx Philosophy and Religous Thought

Select publications

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

La Fiesta de La Tirana