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Hector M. Callejas


Native American and Indigenous studies; Latin American and Latinx studies; human geography; cultural anthropology; cultural studies

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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 Native American and Indigenous studies; Latin American and Latinx studies; human geography; cultural anthropology; cultural studies; 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.

Hector’s research centers on two related areas: 1) Indigeneity, race, and colonialism; and 2) place, space, and power. He analyzes contestations over land, territory, and the environment in the Americas, with a focus on Central America. His decolonial methodology employs mixed qualitative methods to foreground Indigenous ontologies and epistemologies. His current project examines the production of Indigenous territory in settler colonial contexts. His next project will explore the relationship between environmental justice and decolonization.

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)