Olga Najera Ramirez Russell Rodriguez Rafael  Zamarripa

Olga Nájera-Ramírez, Ph.D

Olga Nájera-Ramírez, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin, an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, Austin and a BA in Latin American Studies and History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. As an anthropologist specializing in folklore, her work concentrates on documenting and critically examining expressive cultural forms such as festivals, dance, rodeo and music as practiced by Mexicans living in the United States and Mexico. In particular, she examines the ways in which expressive forms are invested with meaning, transmitted, experienced, and otherwise employed by members and non-members of a community.

Author of La Fiesta de los Tastoanes: Critical Perspectives in a Mexican Festival Performance (1997), she has co-edited several transdisciplinary books including, Chicana Traditions: Continuity and Change, with Norma E. Cantú (2002), Chicana Feminisms: A Critical Reader (2003) with Gabriela Arredondo, Aida Hurtado, Norma Klahn, and Pat Zavella. and Dancing Across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos, co-edited with Norma Cantú and Brenda Romero (2009).


She also produced the award-winning documentary La Charreada: Rodeo a la Mexicana. In 2010, she completed a documentary titled Danza Folklorica Escénica: El Sello Arístico de Rafael Zamarripa (Mexican Folkloric Dance: Rafael Zamarripa’s Artistic Trademark).


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