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Levi Romero

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of New Mexico Cultural Studies Certificate Program
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies

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Levi Romero is an assistant professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (CCS) at The University of New Mexico, and the director of the New Mexico Cultural Studies Certificate Program in CCS. His undergraduate and graduate classes have been offered in CCS, the School of Architecture and Planning, and the creative writing program at UNM. His teaching and research explore the connection between place and identity, cultural settings and traditions, and the social and built forms of human settlements in an historical context, among other topics. Romero is currently working on an oral history project, Following the Manito Trail, chronicaling the diaspora of Nuevo Méxicanos to Wyoming and other parts of the Southwest.  He is also author of Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland. A bilingual poet whose language is immersed in the regional manito dialect of northern New Mexico, his work has been published throughout the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and Cuba. In 2012, the New Mexico State Library and the Department of cultural Affairs selected Romero was named the Centennial Poet, one of five honorary literary posts in honor of the state centennial (1912-2012).


  • MArch in Architecture, University of New Mexico (2000)
  • BA in Architecture, University of New Mexico (1994)

Research Areas

  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Spanish As A Heritage Language
  • Poetry

Latin American Studies Courses

  • ARCH 662 Querencia: Place and Identity
  • ARCH 662 Seminar: New Mexico Villages & Cultural Landscapes
  • CRP 376 Human Settlements
  • CRP 470/570 Acequia, Water, Land and Culture

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*