Martha Gonzalez is a Chicana artivista (artist/activist) musician, feminist music theorist, and Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies at Scripps College. Born and raised in Boyle Heights she is a Fulbright Scholar, Ford Scholar, and Woodrow Wilson Fellow whose academic interests have been fueled by her own musicianship as a singer-songwriter and percussionist for Grammy award-winning band Quetzal. Quetzal has made considerable impact on the Los Angeles Chicano music scene, and the relevance of their music and lyrics have been noted in a range of publications. In addition, Martha has been instrumental in catalyzing the transnational dialogue between Chicana/o and Latina/o communities in the US and Jarocho communities in Veracruz, Mexico. She has also been active in implementing the collective songwriting method in correctional facilities throughout California and Seattle, WA.