Marco Cervantes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and Mexican American Studies Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He researches the impact of transculturation and shared spaces on education through the use of critical race theory, diaspora studies, decolonial studies, and hip-hop studies with a focus on Black and Chicana/o cultural overlap.  He has published in the American Quarterly, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, Association of Mexican American Educators, and Liminalities: Journal of Performance Studies.  He regularly provides K-12 teacher workshops on ways to implement ethnic studies and music in school curricula with an emphasis on empowering students of color.  He also performs as hip-hop artist Mexican StepGrandfather and is a member of the AfroChicano hip-hop collective Third Root.