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Mintzi Martinez-Rivera

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:


Howley Hall 118


Ph.D. - Folklore and Anthropology Indiana University

Brief Biography:

Mintzi has a dual PhD (Folklore and Anthropology) from Indiana University-Bloomington (IUB). Her research and teaching addresses issues of youth culture, cultural continuity and transformation, performance of rituals and festivals, performance of indigenous identity, and vernacular cultural practices in the Americas. Since 2005, she has conducted research on the P’urhépecha culture of Michoacán, México, spending most of her time in the community of Santo Santiago de Angahuan. She has published articles on the indigenous rock movement in Mexico, indigenous popular culture, and the use of food as decorations.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Folklore Studies, Latin/o American Studies, Youth Cultures, Decolonial and Postcolonial Studies.

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in the possibilities of education as a creative, constructive process. I strive to generate an inclusive, inquisitive classroom space in which each class member can question and contribute to the understanding of abstract concepts such as community, identity, and culture.

Selected Publications:

Martinez-Rivera, M. From Rituals to Popular Culture: Indigenous Youth and the Transformation of Indigenous Cultures .

Otero, S. Martinez-Rivera, M. Critical Folkloristics: Critical and Ethical Approaches for the 21st Century. .

Otero, S. Martinez-Rivera, M. Introduction .

Martinez-Rivera, M. (2018) (Re)Imagining Indigenous Popular Culture.

Martinez-Rivera, M. “Conducting Research in a Conflict Zone: Cultural Practices, Drug Wars and State Violence in Michoacán, México” .

Martinez-Rivera, M. (2014) ‘De El Costumbre al Rock’: Rock Indígena and Being Indigenous in 21st Century Mexico. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies.(9), 272-292.

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