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Christina Leza

Associate Professor, Chair

Christina Leza is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose research interests include indigenous peoples of the Americas, discourse and identity, racial and ethnic discourses, grassroots activism, and cognitive anthropology.  Her most recent research has focused on border indigenous activist responses to U.S.-Mexico border policy in collaboration with grassroots indigenous organizers on the U.S. southern border.  She has also examined broader discourse patterns among indigenous grassroots activists in the U.S. and Latin America.  Her current writing projects include a book manuscript, Divided Nations: Policy, Activism and Indigenous Identities on the U.S.-Mexico Border, and a chapter on hip-hop as U.S.-Mexico border activism and identity discourse for a scholarly volume on indigenous music and modernity.

Major Interests:

  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Indigenous peoples of the Americas
  • Ideology and discourse
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Identity construction
  • Grassroots social movement
  • U.S.-Mexico border


    • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2009