Jesús Cuauhtémoc Villa

Originally from Las Cruces and La Villita, New Mexico, Jesús Cuauhtémoc Villa is a musician, visual artist, curandero, activist, and adjunct professor of Anthropology and Storytelling at South Mountain Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Arizona State University in 2011, after which he worked as an ABFA-certified forensic death investigator for two years. He returned to ASU to pursue his Master's degree in Anthropology of Religion in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, which he earned in 2016. His research focuses on avian scavenging in forensic taphonomy; African contributions to curanderismo, the traditional healing art of Mexico; the history of magic, healing, religion, and witchcraft in medieval Europe and the colonial-era Americas; and the historical and present-day dialectics between curanderismo and other Afro-Atlantic religious and healing traditions. Jesús’ storytelling style is strongly influenced by his Mexican-American heritage and upbringing, but especially the stories told to him by his indigenous Mexican grandfather and by his Germanic and Nordic maternal family. Jesús currently works full-time in student retention services as a Coordinator Senior for the ASU First-Year Success Center and lives in Tempe, AZ.