Margaret E. Montoya

University of New Mexico School of Law Professor Margaret E. Montoya created one of the essays included in the National Park Service's "American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study," which recognizes Latino contributions in the United States.

The study can be used by teachers, students, preservation professionals and local governments, as it brings the most recent scholarship in Latino history to a broad public audience. Jane Cowley of the NPS Office of Communications, wrote, "We're grateful for the contribution of Professor Montoya and believe it tells a good story about the research program at University of New Mexico."

The theme study is a publication of the National Park System Advisory Board and features 17 essays written by nationally recognized scholars addressing the contributions and experiences of American Latinos. It will provide a framework as the Service works with partners and communities around the nation to identify, preserve, and interpret buildings, landscapes, and other sites that tell the story of Latinos in America.

Montoya's essay, "Latinos and the Law," focuses on several legal issues that shaped the lives of Latinos in the United States. Topics include cultural citizenship, complex land and water issues within those portions of the United States that were once part of Mexico and legal struggles for housing and public accommodations.

In addition to her role at the UNM School of Law, Montoya is a senior advisor to the chancellor for UNM Health Sciences Center. Her current work in health sciences focuses on increasing faculty diversity and inclusion through mentoring and leadership programs. She is part of the teaching team in the Cultural Competence curriculum in the School of Medicine. One of her major works is "Mascaras, Trenzas y Greñas: Un/Masking the Self While Un/Braiding Latina Stories and Legal Discourse," which connects autobiographical narratives with legal analysis and focuses on resisting the cultural assimilation that often comes with higher education. She received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

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