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Michelle Banks, M.A. PhD Candidate

Associate Faculty

Michelle Banks is a cultural worker and former high school social studies teacher from Washington, DC. A transient resident of San Cristóbal Alta Verapaz, Guatemala since 2003, she does arts-based community research projects with rural children there aimed at reviving and transmitting ancestral knowledge systems. She has an MA in Cultural Sustainability from Goucher College and is completing a PhD in Sustainability Education at Prescott College. Michelle’s dissertation research explores the nexus of place-making and violence in post-conflict Guatemala. Her research disciplines include biocultural diversity, critical ethnography, landscape epistemology, Mayan cosmology, and arts-based action research.

"Vamos a clavar los ojos más allá de la infamia, para adivinar otro mundo posible... Let's set our sights beyond the abominations of today, to divine another possible world... "

Eduardo Galeano



PhD Candidate, Prescott College

M.A., Goucher College, Cultural Sustainability

B.A., Union Institute & University - Vermont College, Liberal Studies 



2017. Lo que recuerdo el cuerpo: Maya-Poqomchi’ Voices on State-Sponsored Violence and the Earth, American Folklore Society Annual Meeting

2015. Reviving the yuuq’ k’ixkab’: Violence, Cultural Sustainability, and the Maya-Poqomchi’es, Eastern Michigan University Ecojustice and Activism Conference

2012. Cultural Sustainability: Creating Leaders for Social Justice, American Folklore Society Annual Meeting