Dr David Barillas Chon

Assistant Professor


I am Maya Poqomam and part of the Maya diaspora living across the Americas. My migration journeys and Indigenous remembrance shapes my research focus, educational, and political commitments. I investigate issues concerning Indigenous identity, immigration, colonialisms, and race in the contexts of schooling and education. My current focus is on how Indigeneity is reshaped in specific temporal-spatial, labored, and schooling contexts, and how Indigenous migrants shape our understandings of Indigeneity. My research is geared to impact a range of communities working with and for the equitable treatment of Indigenous, migrant, and minoritized populations in and out of education settings.

My other areas of research interests are Latinx Education, Latinx Studies, Colonialisms, Immigration Studies.