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Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos

Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos

Associate Professor "Dr. Machete" Optimus Prime Trauma Transformer


Associate Professor
Communication Studies
Office Phone(909) 537-5899
Office LocationUH-201.08

Office Hours

Tuesday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am


"Uncivil disruptor who doesn't know her place"

As an Optimus Prime Trauma Transformer con lengua de machete, I cannot help but experiment with EVERYTHING including art, virtual reality, and all forms of media.

With the goal of advancing the certain decolonial turn, my live, interactive media art production and rasquache performances generate culturally specific, collective, technocultural creative spaces of production that reconnect Chicana/o/x Mestiza Indigenous wisdom and conocimiento to their ongoing technological and scientific contributions, still currently "overlooked" through the logic of the decaying Eurocentric project of Modernity. As a transfronteriza (perpetual border crosser), the current limited perceptions of what research, media, and technology can be and do are like a yonke (junkyard), from which pieces are upcycled and repurposed to amplify individual and collective expression, community healing, and social justice.

I am a performer of research, a translator, a filter that collects, isolates, and exposes supremacist formats while finding a way to design hubs to compile digital collections of designs, expressions, and realities a nuestro modo

So, how can I help you?


University of California, Santa Barbara -- Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literature emphasis on Media Arts and Technology, Latin American Studies, and Chicano Border Studies

San Diego State University -- M.A. Spanish emphasis on Tijuana Border Literature

University of California, Berkeley -- B.A. in Rhetoric and Writing

Studied Abroad 
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico for B.A.

Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain for M.A.

Universidad Estácio de Sá, Río de Janeiro, Brazil for M.A.


Fall 2022

Comm 4302 - Decolonizing Chiacana/o/x Latina/o/x Media and Culture
     Online with optional Zoom sessions

Comm 3102 - Media, Culture, and Society Section 60

Comm 3102 - Media, Culture, and Society Section 61
      Online with optional Zoom sessions

Comm 6093 - Special Topics in Media Studies: Decolonial Theory/Methods
      Online Zoom sessions Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:15 PM


Spring 2021

Comm 3339 - Xicana/o/x Border Film
      Wednesday 4:00PM - 6:45PM 

Comm 4302 - Decolonizing Chiacana/o/x Latina/o/x Media and Culture
      Monday 4:00PM - 6:45PM

Comm 3102 - Media, Culture, and Society
      Monday & Wednesday 1:00PM - 2:15PM


See below

Research and Teaching Interests

Decolonial theory

Decolonial media and communication studies

Experimental Extended Reality Media and New Media Art Production

Digital Media Art Curatorial Work

Xicana feminist border studies

Indigenous studies

Queer Studies

Ethnic Studies

Latin American Studies