Mercedes Chavez

Mercedes Chavez

Mercedes Chavez


477 Hagerty Hall

Office Hours

AU22 Student Meeting Hours Mondays 11a–2p
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Areas of Expertise

  • Film Studies
  • Latinx/Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Decolonial and Transnational Approaches


  • PhD, English, The Ohio State University
  • AM, Humanities, University of Chicago
  • BA, English, The Ohio State University

Dr. Mercedes Chavez is a decolonial scholar of transnational cinemas. Her dissertation, Origin Stories focuses on cinematic counter-narratives and counter-visualities of the Global South, reading settler colonialism, extractive capitalism, and race in producing the Anthropocene. Her publication, "Vernacular Landscapes: Reading the Anthropocene in the Films of Kelly Reichardt," Spring 2021 Afterimage with UC Presses, engages decolonial and Indigenous approaches to neo-Westerns. Other research presentations have included "Atomic Heritage: Nuclear Culture and the Nuclear Family in Northern New Mexico" (American Folklore Society, 2018), and "Memoria: Cinema and Memory in the Nonfiction Films of Natalia Almada," (Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2022).