- Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
Chela is Associate Professor and Chair Emerita at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB Sandoval teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Indigenous Texts, De-Colonial Feminism, Speaking Truth to Power, Liberation Philosophy and Radical Semiotics. Her award-winning book Methodology of the Oppressed (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) is one of the most influential contemporary theoretical texts worldwide. Sandoval is the author of numerous articles and chapters that are translated into French, Spanish, Turkish and Israeli, including “Chican@ Digital Artivism” (2008), “Global Homo-erotics” (2004), “Anzaldúan Liberation Philosophy,” and “Decolonizing New Mexico” (2014). Co-edited anthologies include Performing the US Latina and Latino Borderlands and The Chicano Studies Reader. Sandoval’s current book project is on “Story-Wor(l)d-Art-Performance-as-Activism (SWAPA) and the Shaman-Nahual/Witness Ceremony.” Her ongoing research revolves around questions of spiritual activism, the art of love, de-colonial media studies and the history of consciousness.