Workshop Scholars and Staff

The Contested Homelands Scholars and Staff are eager to collaborate with teachers from around the country.

Dr. Rebecca Sánchez will serve as Project Director. She is an Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Sanchez is the author of numerous articles and book chapters related to multicultural education and transformative social studies and history education including: Listening to the locals, listening to the land (with Dr. Spurlin); and Community as a Participatory Foundation in Social Studies Classrooms. She is currently working with an archeological-historical team on a dendrochronology project at a historic New Mexico church located on an area Pueblo. Her professional goal is to expose teachers and students to both the place-based social studies of New Mexico and the history that is overlooked in the national narrative of American history. She will be active in the overall functioning of the workshop and will also facilitate some of the curriculum work sessions.

Dr. Quincy Spurlin of the University of New Mexico will serve as the educational specialist for the grant. Dr. Spurlin has extensive expertise with place-based, teacher workshops. Her most recent publication, authored with Dr. Sanchez is Listening to the Locals, Listening to the Land. She is skilled at helping teachers read the land and its material and ecological resources in order to develop meaningful curriculum utilizing effective pedagogy.

Dr. Francis Levine will present a lecture about the history of the Palace of the Governors. She is currently the director of the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She will also present a site-based lecture at Pecos Pueblo. She is the author of countless books, book chapters, and articles related to New Mexico history, culture, and the Palace of the Governors. Some of her published work includes: Our Prayers Are In This Place: Pecos Pueblo Identity Over the Centuries; Palace of the Governors, Witness to History; Listening to the Land: Tradition and Change in the Northern Rio Grande; Making a Place for Our Past: The New Mexico History Museum; and Comanchero: José Piedad Tafoya, 1834-1913.

Dr. Tomas Chavez will offer a lecture related to European expansion in the Santa Fe area. He has published numerous book reviews, articles, and seven books. Recent books include: New Mexico: Past and Future, (2006); Wake For A Fat Vicar: Padre Juan Felipe Ortiz, Archbishop Lamy and the New Mexican Catholic Church in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century, co-authored with Fray Angélico Chávez, (2004); and Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift, (2002).

Dr. Glenabah Martinez will offer a guest lecture about Taos Blue Lake. Glenabah is a member and leader from Taos Pueblo. She is also a professor at the University of New Mexico. Her research and teaching interests include New Mexico history, Indigenous history and education in New Mexico, and critical studies in education.

Mia Sosa-Provencio a New Mexico Educator will serve as Project Assistant during each of the workshops. Mia is an experienced high school English teacher and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University. She has a demonstrated record working with students on literacy and community development initiatives. Mia has been successful engaging area youth in literacy activities and she has established high school reading initiatives using the literature of NM as a guide.

Dr. Joseph P. Sánchez, Superintendent of Petroglyph National Monument and the Director of the Spanish Colonial Research Center at the University of New Mexico will give the evening lecture at Pecos National Park. Among his published books are: Pecos: Gateway to the Pueblos and Plains, Joseph P. Sánchez and John Bezy, coeditors; All Trails Lead to Santa Fe: An Anthology Commemorating the 400th Anniversary Founding of Santa Fe, NM in 1610, co-edited with Editing and Publications History Committee for the Santa Fe 400th). His forthcoming book, edited with Bruce A. Erickson is From Mexico City to Santa Fe: A Historical Guide of Geographic Place Names along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Río Grande Books, 2011).

Dr. Traugott and Ms. Zieselman of the NM Museum of Art will offer a guest lecture about the way art has shaped the homelands of the Santa Fe area as well as how homelands are represented in the art forms of the Pueblo artists, the Spanish Colonial artists, and the artists that arrived in New Mexico from other places. They have extensive experience in interpreting the artistic traditions of New Mexico.

René Harris, Curator and Educator from the New Mexico History Museum will work with a small group during an interactive workshop at the NM History Museum on Monday. She has extensive experience as both a curator and a museum educator. Rene will also be available throughout the week to dialogue with teacher participants regarding the extensive collections at the NM History Museum Complex

Gabe Vigil a Retablo Painter and Spanish Colonial Artist will facilitate one of the art experiences. He is an internationally recognized painter (retablos, a Spanish Colonial Art form). His work has received numerous awards at Spanish Market in Santa Fe. His work is included in many personal and public collections

Maxine and Dominique Toya, Jemez Pueblo Potters will facilitate an art experience using traditional clay techniques. Maxine and Dominique represent two generations of Pueblo Potters. Maxine is well recognized for her figures and Dominique for her pots. They have received numerous awards and their work is displayed internationally and their work is shown every year at Indian Market.