“One of my objectives in writing the book was a plea to immigrants to not become settlers.”
Maylei Blackwell is professor, vice chair, and director of graduate studies of Chicana/o and Central American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her new book, Scales of Resistance: Indigenous Women’s Transborder Organizing, to be published in 2023 with Duke University Press, draws on 20 years of research accompanying Indigenous women’s organizing in Mexico and its diaspora. She is the author of the landmark ¡Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement (University of Texas Press, 2011) as well as a co-editor of ¡Chicana Movidas! New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era (University of Texas Press, 2018). She is a cocreator and codirector of the digital story platform Mapping Indigenous Los Angeles (mila.ssc.ucla.edu) and she is currently working on rematriating historical memory and seeding Indigenous social movements through the Mobile Indigenous Community Archive (MICA).