Kristian Emiliano Vasquez

Graduate Student


Xican@ Cultural & Political Praxis; De/coloniality; Decolonial Theory and Politics; Technologies of Resistance; Liberation Philosophies; Existential Phenomenology



BA in Chicana and Chicano Studies, UC Los Angeles

BA in American Indian Studies, UC Los Angeles

MA in Chicana/o Studies, UC Santa Barbara


Kristian is a second-generation Xicano-Mexicano born and raised in the City of South Gate (Southeast Los Angeles), California. His family is from Tepehuan (Durango) and P’urhépecha (Michoacán) territories in the nation-state of Mexico. He first started his academic journey at Los Angeles Southwest College as a community college student who then transferred to UCLA and received his dual Bachelor’s degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies and American Indian Studies. As an undergraduate, Kristian participated in the Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars program and the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies’ Departmental Honors program. As a first-generation Ph.D. student in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCSB, he aims to explore Xican@ articulations of liberation at the turn of the 1990s, examining hip-hop and punk, art practice, intellectual writing, and the lived experience of intersubjectivity in California. Kristian participates in a Zapatismo study group at El Centro (Santa Barbara) and practices Danza Azteca at Casa de la Raza, Santa Barbara.