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Fall 2015

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Mario Obando

Department Affiliations


Mario is a Doctoral student in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. His research examines how popular culture, oral history and creative writing among and across racialized communities produce alternative temporalities that work against discourses and practices of the state and capital. In addition to working with El Colegio High School students in creating senior projects related to social justice, he is a mentor in the Mellon Mays Professional Network as well as a mentor for Macalester College's Mellon Mays Undergraduate Program.

Educational Background

  • BA: History and Political Science, Whittier College, 2013.


  • “The TPP: While Transparency Would be Great, the Trade Deal’s Eradication Would be Better” : Obando, Mario, Counter Punch, October 23, 2013.
  • “A ‘Firm’ Myopia: Johnson’s Gendered Policy towards the Cuban Revolution, 1963-1967”: Obando, Mario, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal, 2012.
  • "Queerness as Conviviality: Race, Sexuality and Risk in Instructions Not Included (2013)" : Obando, Mario, Cinephile, "New Queer Theory In Film", 10 (2) , 2015.


  • Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2013 - 2014
  • Fulbright Scholars Program Alternate, 2013 - 2014
  • Outstanding Graduate in History, Department of History, Whittier College, 2013
  • Alianza de los Amigos Academic Achievement Award, 2013
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