Dr. Xochitl Flores-Marcial is an assistant professor of Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Northridge. Her book project, A History of Guelaguetza in Zapotec Communities of the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, traces the evolution Guelaguetza as a Mesoamerican social network of collaboration and exchange from the pre-Columbian period to the present. She is a board member and contributor of the Ticha project, an online Zapotec-language platform and digital text module. Dr. Flores-Marcial was also the principal consultant for production and development of the internationally acclaimed exhibit Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in LA (2017-2018). As a member of the Zapotec community of Oaxacalifornia, she actively uses her scholarly work with indigenous history, culture and languages to collaborate with community stake holders, serving as a spokesperson and community leader both locally and abroad. Her research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of Indigenous Peoples of Mexico.