Giovanni Batz

Assistant Professor

Office Location

SH 1724

Specialization

 Maya social movements and resistance, extractivist industries, Guatemala, migration, and forced displacement

Education

B.A.: Political Science and Minor in History, 2008, California State University at Northridge.
M.A.: Latin American Studies, 2010, University of Texas at Austin.
Ph.D: Social Anthropology, 2017, University of Texas at Austin.

Bio

Dr. Giovanni Batz was a 2020-2022 President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis, and a 2018-2019 Anne Ray Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Batz was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University in Ohio, and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
 
His work can be accessed here: https://ucsb.academia.edu/GiovanniBatz

Publications

Batz, Giovanni. Forthcoming Book Manuscript. La Cuarta Invasión: Historias y Resistencias del Pueblo Ixil, y la Lucha contra la Hidroeléctrica Palo Viejo en Cotzal, Guatemala. Guatemala: Asociación para el Avance de las Ciencias Sociales en Guatemala. 

Batz, Giovanni. 2021. “La Universidad Ixil y la Descolonización del Conocimiento”. Maya America. Vol. 3(2): Pgs. 112-126. 

Batz, Giovanni. 2020. “Ixil Maya Resistance against Megaprojects in Cotzal, Guatemala”. Theory and Event. Vol. 23(4): Pgs. 1016-1036. 

Batz, Giovanni. 2018. “The Ixil University and the Decolonization of Knowledge”. In Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education, edited by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Eve Tuck, and K. Wayne Yang. New York: Routledge. 

Batz, Giovanni. 2018. “La Lucha contra Megaproyectos en la Región Ixil y la Violaciones de los Derechos Indígenas”. Pensar Guatemala Desde la Resistencia: El Neoliberalismo Enfrentado, edited by Prensa Comunitaria. Guatemala: F&G Editores. 

Batz, Giovanni. 2014. “Maya Cultural Resistance in Los Angeles: Recovering Identity and Culture among Maya Youth”. Latin American Perspectives. Vol. 41(3): Pgs. 194-207. 

Batz, Giovanni. 2014. “Military Factionalism and the Consolidation of Power in 1960s Guatemala”. In Beyond the Shadow of the Eagle: New Histories of Latin America’s Cold War. Edited by Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Mark Lawrence, and Julio Moreno. University of New Mexico Press. 

Heidbrink, Laruen, Giovanni Batz and Celeste Sanchez. 2021. “Why would anyone leave?”: Development, Overindebtedness, and Migration in Guatemala” Maya America. Vol. 3(3): Pgs. 5-25. 

Heidbrink, Laruen, Giovanni Batz and Celeste Sanchez. 2021. “¿Por qué alguien se iría?": Desarrollo, Sobreendeudamiento y Migración en Guatemala.” Maya America. Vol. 3(3): Pgs. 26-48.