Dr. Servando Z. Hinojosa

Servando Z. Hinojosa

A faculty partner in the Traditional Mexican American Folklore holding, Servando Z. Hinojosa (Tulane University, 1999 PhD Cultural Anthropology) served as Interim Curator of the Border Studies Archive during the 2014-2015 academic year and co-organized the conference Folk Healing, Curanderismo and the Practice of Biomedicine, which commemorated the 1970s curanderismo project Proyecto Comprender, in April 2015. 

Dr. Hinojosa has conducted research among the Kaqchikel Maya of Guatemala, focusing on various dimensions of reproduction, spiritual knowledge, and dance. He has been chiefly interested in understanding how Maya midwives, soul healers, and folkloric dancers relate spiritually to the body. His concurrent research on Maya bonesetting centers on how this age-old healing modality fares within an increasingly biomedically-dominated setting, and is reflected in the volume he co-edited with Kathryn Oths, Healing By Hand: Manual Medicine and Bonesetting in Global Perspective (2004). His most recent book is titled In This Body: Kaqchikel Maya and the Grounding of Spirit (2015). 

Throughout his research focus on Mesoamerica, he has maintained an interest in Mexican American folk massage specialists in South Texas, and on Mexican American licensed peyote dealers. In 2013, Dr. Hinojosa began researching manual medicine in Turkey. He teaches U.S. and Other World Cultures, Peoples and Cultures of Mexico, and Mexican American Folk Medicine at the university. He can be reached at servando.hinojosa@utrgv.edu.