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Critical Mission Studies  supports Indigenous perspectives on the California colonial missions and their aftermath. Through reconsideration of the missions as both physical places and objects of interpretation, we pursue new research collaborations that surface both Native and Mexican/Mexican-American voices in the history of California and the U.S.  Our research fosters more complex, multidimensional public engagements with difficult and traumatic histories.


Program – UC Critical Mission Studies Conference Part I in Santa Cruz (with California State Parks and U.C. Santa Cruz), 8/2021

Program – UC Critical Mission Studies Conference Part II in San Diego (with Kumeyaay Community College and U.C. San Diego), 11/2021



UC Critical Mission Studies Conference 2021 – Parts I & II on CriticalMissisonStudies YouTube Channel

IYA: The Ex’celen Remember, 11/13/21 performance @ UCSD campus on CriticalMissisonStudies YouTube Channel

Critical Mission Studies grants awarded, 2019-2021