Mark Minch-de Leon

Mark Minch-de Leon

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. UC Berkeley

(951) 827-1454

Mark Minch-de Leon earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. His areas of research and teaching include: critical Native American and Indigenous theories; violence, representation, and performativity; theories of gesture; multimediation and the archive; and decolonization of knowledge and cultural production. He is currently at work on his first book titled, “Native Revitalizations: Transcriptions and Gestures of Cultural Return.” Focusing primarily on cultural revitalization projects currently taking place in California, the manuscript analyzes figurations of “cultural life” alongside practices of living again in the aftermath of a genocidal campaign, a spatial and temporal frame that some have labeled in California as being “post-apocalyptic.” Within such a largely invisibilized disaster, it asks how variously individualized and humanized bodies can ethically be reconnected to the multimediated detritus of settler colonial knowledge production without falling into the traps of (1) modernizing heritage and (2) an organicist and reactionary model of revitalization that risks cooptation by the settler state in the form of biocultural management. The project offers instead an inorganic and gestural notion of cultural return as soft prescription, one that opens up to other spaces and possibilities of sovereignty.

Minch-de Leon recently held a postdoctoral position at Tufts University as part of a Mellon Sawyer seminar titled, “Comparative Global Humanities: Violence, Colonialisms, and the Conditions for the Human.” He has also been a postdoctoral fellow in Native American Studies at the Center for the Americas, Wesleyan University.