Melinda Gonzalez is a PhD student at Louisiana State University in the department of Geography and Anthropology, pursuing a doctorate in Anthropology. She is the graduate assistant of Dr. Micha Rahder. With the guidance of Dr. Rahder, Melinda is¬†embarking on a collaborative multi-sited ethnographic research project, entitled “Maya Forest Futures: ¬†Violence, Uncertainty, and Transnational Biodiversity Conservation in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala.” Melinda has a master’s degree in Anthropology from Rutgers University – New Brunswick, where she pursued research on poetry circles and revolution, and obtained her bachelor’s degree at Barnard College of Columbia University, with an undergraduate thesis on Women in the Young Lords Party.

Outside of academia, Melinda has performed poetry throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Mexico under the pen name Poeta Guerrera. In 2007, she released an independent poetry album entitled Mi Diario, which sold out. She has also published three poetry books.

A practitioner of the Brasilian martial art capoeira, Melinda trains under the tutelage of Mestre Zumbi of Grupo Capoeira Senzala – NYC. She currently teaches capoeira classes. To lean more about capoeira classes, visit













The comments, ideas, and opinions posted in this blog are Melinda’s only and are not representative of LSU, Dr. Rahder, the Anthropology and Geography department, or Grupo Capoeira Senzala.