Graduate School of Education
Cristina S. Méndez (she/her/ella) is a PhD candidate in Education in the Critical Studies of Race, Class and Gender program. She is also part of thedesignated emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization. Her research focuses on the lived experiences and sense-making of Mam women activists who organize across multiple scales for the maintenance of their language and culture and for the wellbeing of their communities across the US, Mexico, and Guatemala. Through collaboration with the activists, Cristina examines how revitalization movements offer the potential for coalition-building and pedagogical innovations for a decolonial future.