Ph.D., 2013, University of California, Santa Cruz
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Dr. Xóchitl C. Chávez is a scholar of expressive culture and performance, specializing in indigenous communities from southern Mexico and transnational migration. She attended the University of Colorado, Boulder (BA), University of Texas, Austin (MA), and then the University of California, Santa Cruz where is earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with a designated emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies. Her current work and ethnographic documentary short entitled, Booming Bandas of LosÁngeles, focuses on second-generation Zapotec brass bands in Los Angeles County. Through its investigation of how women and youth now fill the ranks of musicians and new leadership, Booming Bandas breaths new air into the study of transnational migration on indigenous communities and performance studies
Her manuscript, Migrating Performative Traditions: La Guelaguetza Festival in Oaxacalifornia, documents the lived and performative movements of Oaxacan migrant communities as they cross cultural and political boundaries between the United States and Mexico. Through a case study of Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, California, it explores how this diasporic community reproduces the annual La Guelaguetza festival, an indigenous celebration of communal dances and musical forms. Dr. Chávez was a recipient of the University of California President’s Post Doctoral Fellowship (2014-2016) and a Smithsonian Institution Post Doctoral Fellow (2013-2014). She has also collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution as a Digital Curator and Content Specialist for the Smithsonian Latino Center Mobile Broadcast Series since 2015 and as a linguistic presenter for Smithsonian Folklife Festival since 2010.