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Alexandra Macheski

History of Art and Visual Culture, PhD
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).

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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).

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


Selected Presentations: 

“The Designs fell from her Mouth and into a Suitcase,” (Art)iculations of Proximity and Mobility, University of California, Riverside, Online, May14, 2021.

“Icaros, Kené, and Ayahuasca Tourism,” History of Art and Visual Culture Department, UCSC, Indigenous Art and Activism, June 22, 2020.

“Amazonian Pop Art and Global Visibility,” Latin American Studies Department, University of British Columbia, Indigenous Peoples, Globalization, and Labour in Latin America, February 1, 2020.

“Casta Paintings and the Construction of Race in the Americas,” Latin American Latino Studies Department, UCSC, Afro-Latinos/as: Social,
Cultural, and Political Dimensions, January 5, 2020.

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

2019 “History of Representation of Native Americans in U.S. Visual Culture,” History of Art and Visual Culture Department, UCSC, Race and American Visual Arts, April 22, 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