Date of Award

Spring 4-1-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

L. Kaifa Roland

Second Advisor

Christian Hammons

Third Advisor

Gerardo Gutiérrez


In this thesis, I examine the urban art of Oaxaca, Mexico, specifically that of graffiti and street art. I focus on the ways that urban art genres entangle with one another and with hegemonic centers of power. Focusing on the areas of identity, class, taste, politics, protest, and commercialism, I argue that entanglements reflect and speak to the complex realities in which these expressive forms situate themselves.