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Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto Rodriguez, PhD (Dr. Cintli) is an associate professor at the Mexican American & Raza Studies Department at the University of Arizona. He is a longtime-award-winning journalist/columnist who received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications in 2008, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is the author of Justice: A Question of Race, a book that chronicles his two police brutality trials, and he co-produced, with Patrisia Gonzales, Amoxtli San Ce Tojuan, a documentary on origins and migrations. He returned to the university as a result of a research interest that developed pursuant to his column writing concerning origins and migration stories of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. His current field of study is the examination of maiz culture, migration and the role of stories and oral traditions among Indigenous peoples, including Mexican and Central American peoples. His book Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother (University of Arizona Press, 2014) advances the thesis that Mexican/Central American peoples were not created in 1848 (war) or invasion (1519) but rather with the creation of Maíz some 7,000 years ago. In 2013, a major digitized collection was inaugurated by the University Arizona Libraries, based on a class he created: The History of Red-Brown Journalism. He currently writes for Truthout’s Public Intellectual Page and is working on a collaborative project and forthcoming book entitled Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce – People the Color of the Earth, on the topic of color consciousness. He recently completed a memoir/testimonio on the topic of torture and political violence, Yolqui: A Warrior Summonsed From the Spirit World. His last major award was in 2013, receiving the national Baker-Clarke Human Rights Award from American Educational Research Association, for his work in defense of Ethnic Studies.

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Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto Rodriguez, PhD (Dr. Cintli) is an associate professor at the Mexican American & Raza Studies Department at the University of Arizona. He is a longtime-award-winning journalist/columnist who received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications in 2008, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is the author of Justice: A Question of Race, a book that chronicles his two police brutality trials, and he co-produced, with Patrisia Gonzales, Amoxtli San Ce Tojuan, a documentary on origins and migrations. He returned to the university as a result of a research interest that developed pursuant to his column writing concerning origins and migration stories of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. His current field of study is the examination of maiz culture, migration and the role of stories and oral traditions among Indigenous peoples, including Mexican and Central American peoples. His book Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother (University of Arizona Press, 2014) advances the thesis that Mexican/Central American peoples were not created in 1848 (war) or invasion (1519) but rather with the creation of Maíz some 7,000 years ago. In 2013, a major digitized collection was inaugurated by the University Arizona Libraries, based on a class he created: The History of Red-Brown Journalism. He currently writes for Truthout’s Public Intellectual Page and is working on a collaborative project and forthcoming book entitled Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce – People the Color of the Earth, on the topic of color consciousness. He recently completed a memoir/testimonio on the topic of torture and political violence, Yolqui: A Warrior Summonsed From the Spirit World. His last major award was in 2013, receiving the national Baker-Clarke Human Rights Award from American Educational Research Association, for his work in defense of Ethnic Studies.

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