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Maria G. Gutierrez



Areas of interest: My areas of interest include Native American Studies theory and methodology, community media and intercultural communications, indigenous languages, cultural and language revitalization, P’urhépecha studies, contemporary social movements in Latin American, indigenous education, and indigenous women.



I am a 2020-2021 ACLS Emerging Voices fellow in the Center for the Study of the American South with an affiliation to the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I received my Ph.D. in Native American Studies from the University of California at Davis in June 2019. My dissertation, “Jatsintaparini: Rooting Intercultural Education in Communal Pedagogies in the P’urhépecha Region,” examined the connection between intercultural education and community-based knowledge and practices in indigenous bilingual education in the P’urhépecha region of Michoacán, Mexico.


My current research, titled “Juchari Anapu Jimpo! Reclamation of the Heritage Language and Identity: Social Processes, Oral Memory, and Innovations in the Non-P’urhépecha-Speaking Communities of Lake Pátzcuaro, Michoacán,” focuses on the links between ethnic identity and cultural and language revitalization in the P’urhépecha region of Michoacán through community-based practices and digital means. This project investigates the historical processes that have led to indigenous language loss in the Lake Pátzcuaro region in Central Michoacán and examines current efforts to revitalize ethnic identities in communities that have very few speakers or that no longer speak the P’urhépecha language. In my work, I am centralizing the role of women in community-based media and in other communal, social, and public spaces. I am examining how revitalization projects are linked to community-based intercultural communication, particularly in indigenous community radios, as an educational tool for revitalization, autonomy, and resistance.


Broadly speaking, my work incorporates questions about race, culture, gender, and community-based pedagogies and epistemologies tied to indigeneity, as well as autonomy and the use of technology and digital means. My work in grounded in Indigenous Studies theoretical and methodological research frameworks. I also approach my work from a hemispheric perspective.