Simón Ventura Trujillo is an Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies in the English Department at New York University.
His current book project, "Land Uprising: Mystical Materialism and the Indigenous Reclamation of the Americas," centers on the cultural production of the New Mexican land grant reclamation movement, La Alianza Federal de Mercedes. A formative organization of the Chicana/o movement known for its armed raid of the Tierra Amarilla courthouse in 1967, La Alianza waged a dynamic and controversial campaign for the recovery of Mexican and Spanish land grants that had been lost in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War in the mid-19th century. This book situates La Alianza as an experiment in collective history writing and reads the movement's textual output alongside a heterogenous archive of multi-ethnic borderland literature by Leslie Marmon Silko, Ana Castillo, Simon Ortiz, and the EZLN. In doing so, his work explores unexamined intersections between Indigenous and Chicana/o cultural politics and contributes to critiques of colonial modernity and settler sovereignty in the Americas.
Professor Trujillo teaches courses on Latina/o Studies, American ethnic literatures, intersectional theories of race, and the cultural politics of decolonial social movements. His pedagogy engages the practices of textual analysis, writing, and collaborative research to study how the social construction of identity—including race, gender, sex, class, and nationality— occur as a function of language. His students explore how work on language generates alternative identities, histories, and spatial imaginaries that resist historic forms of oppression and inequality.