Karen Mary Davalos is Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She received her BA and MA from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from Yale. Trained as a cultural anthropologist with specialization in feminist and ethnic studies, her work addresses Mexican American religion, popular culture, Chicana/o art, representational practices, and critical race theory. Her publications include Exhibiting Mestizaje: Mexican (American) Museums in the Diaspora (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001) and she is co-editor of The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán Scholarship, 1970-2000 (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Publications, 2001). Her current project is an analysis of landscape and narratives of space in Chicago, San Antonio, and Southern California