Callahan, Manuel

lecturer, Mexican American Studies


Office Hours

Thursdays 4.30-5.30 p.m. and by appointment



Ph.D., History, University of Texas at Austin, August 2003

M.A., History, University of Texas at Austin, August 1995

Single Subject Credential, Social Science, San Jose State University, June 1986

B.A., History and Political Science, Gonzaga University, August 1984


Manuel Callahan has been conducting research on the multiple wars that converge on and through the US-Mexico Border as well as the related struggles of the ethnic Mexican community of Greater Mexico. Additionally, through a focus on the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) and Zapatismo as political and cultural praxis beyond Chiapas, his research takes up a Zapatista civic pedagogy that prioritizes grassroots knowledge production as an essential dimension of a participatory democracy that in turn celebrates community regeneration. In addition to engaging the Zapatistas invitation to learn “a new way of doing politics,” Callahan has pursued a number of convivial community-based research and insurgent learning practices and initiatives. He has facilitated a series of research collaborations between the Laboratorio de Comunicación Compleja (LabCOMplex)/ Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades (CEIICH) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the Centro Encuentros Dialogos Inerculturales (CEDI) and Universidad de la Tierra (UT). Callahan co-generated with other graduate students the Advanced Seminar in Chican@ Research, a research project first developed at the University of Texas, Austin committed to recovering situated knowledges by linking community-based scholars with advanced students, faculty, and staff from across the disciplines. He also contributed to the founding of Tachicam, a state-wide network of university-based and community centered scholar activists committed to research on trans-territorial Indigenous struggles. More recently, Callahan is engaged at the Universidad de la Tierra, Califas, an autonomous learning space located in the San Francisco Bay Area that extends the learning praxis of the Indigenous Autonomous movements from Southern Mexico. Callahan is currently part of the Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy, a grassroots think-tank that promotes convivial approaches to learning, research, and direct action.


Manuel Callahan's other homepage

Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy

Convivial Research and Insurgent Learning