Sonja E. Gandert


Research Interests

  • Latinx and Latin American Art


  • M.A., Tufts University
  • B.A., Brandeis University

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sonja E. Gandert’s research focuses on postwar Latinx and Latin American art, with an emphasis on Mexican American and Chicanx artists. Her dissertation is a study of Chicana/o artists active in New Mexico and Texas from the late 1960s to early 1980s whose work marshals strategies of cultural reclamation and subversive historical revisionism as a counter to racist and whitewashed U.S. settler colonial mythologies of the Southwest and the West. Other areas of interest include the history and politics of exhibiting Latinx art in the United States and modern and contemporary art of the Caribbean and its diasporas. She was the 2021–2022 Mellon-Marron Research Consortium Fellow in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA and an inaugural Employing and Amplifying Rhizomes (EAR) Fellow through the Mexican American Art since 1848 initiative at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and has taught at Lehman College and City College, CUNY. Prior to beginning doctoral study, she was curatorial assistant at the Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. Since 2015 she has been a co-founding Executive Committee member of the U.S. Latinx Art Forum.