On April 26th, dj hny bttr chckn bsct spoke with Professor Martha Gonzalez about her work in academia, including her work as an assistant professor in the Intercollegiate Chicano/a Latino/a studies Department at Scripps and the Claremont Colleges. They also spoke about her work as a musician, not only a part of the Grammy Award winning band, Quetzal, but also about her work in local communities and collectives.
Martha Gonzalez was born and raised in East Los Angeles and is a Chicana artivista(artist/activist), feminist music theorist and academic. Gonzalez earned a PhD in Feminism from the University of Washington Seattle. In addition, Gonzalez holds an undergraduate degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).A Fulbright (2007-2008), Ford (2012-2013) and Woodrow Wilson Fellow (206-2017) her academic interest in music has been fueled by her own musicianship as a singer/songwriter and percussionist for Grammy Award winning band Quetzal. Quetzal has made considerable impact in the Los Angeles Chicano music scene. The relevance of Quetzalâ€™s music and lyrics have been noted in a range of publications, from dissertations to scholarly books.
Gonzalez is currently an Assistant Professor in the Intercollegiate Chicano/a Latino/a Studies Department at Scripps/Claremont Colleges.