Zoila S. Mendoza

Zoila S. Mendoza is a Peruvian anthropologist and Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She received her B. A. and Licenciatura degrees in Anthropology form the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and her Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, also in Anthropology.

Mendoza is the author of Shaping Society Through Dance: Mestizo Ritual Performance in the Peruvian Andes (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and Creating Our Own: Folklore, Performance, and Identity in Cuzco, Peru (Duke University Press, 2008).

She has published widely in Spanish and English on the subjects of Andean festivals, music, and dance, and ethnic racial identity in Peru. She is currently working on a book about pilgrimage, music, and dance among Quechua-speaking communities in Cuzco, Peru. She received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2010-2011 for this book and film project.

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