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Alexandra Macheski

History of Art and Visual Culture, PhD candidate
Interactions between the Inka and the Amazon; colonial Peru, the Amazon(s).
Research Interests: 

Longue durée of a history of "extraction" with the Amazon(s); Inka interactions with the jungle, before and during Spanish conquest; alterity and imaginings; Indigenous ontologies; shamanic tourism in the Amazon(s), Shipibo material culture; cultural negotiations and how they are manifest in Indigenous material cultures; sound bodies.


I am currently above 63% rent burdened and I stand IN SOLIDARITY WITH COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment).

Porter 212
Selected Publications: 

Smith, Amanda and Alexandra Macheski. "The Sound of Amazonian Textuality: In-corporating Ícaros in Cultural Production." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. (Publication forthcoming).

The Wild Arts Collective. "If We Don't Get It, Shut It Down!: COLA and the Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz." Art Journal Open. (Publication forthcoming).

Macheski, Alexandra and Scott Hunter. “Translation, Translation, Rehearsal in Conversation.”  Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal 2 (November 2019).


Selected Presentations: 

Panel participant in "¿Nuestra Amazonía?: Mediated Claims to Ownership and Belonging in Amazonian,” Latin American Studies Association: International Congress, Boston; MA, May 24, 2019.

“The Negotiation of Icaros in Shipibo Textiles for Sale,” Fictions and Frictions: The Power and Polititcs of Narrative, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; March 1, 2019.

Teaching Interests: 

Indigenous visual cultures of the Americas: pre-colonial Americas, colonial Americas.

Honors and Awards: 

2016-2021, Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCSC

2019, Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development (SSRC-DPD) program, UCSC

2019, Dean’s Arts Excellence Fund, UCSC

2018, Florence French Scholarship, UCSC 

2017-2019, Regents Fellowship, UCSC


Education and Training: 
MA, University of California, Santa Cruz, Visual Studies
BA, California State University, Long Beach, Art History