José Sánchez Vera is a Ph.D. Candidate at Tulane University’s Spanish and Portuguese Department. His dissertation explores how Mexico City’s ecological crisis and its synergy with the emergence of environmentalism during the 1970s, marks a pivotal moment in the country’s cultural history that radically changed the way artists represented the urban landscape and generated a shift towards activism. José has conducted research as a visiting scholar at El Colegio de México and his research has been published in American Studies in Scandinavia (NAAS). He has received the Sven N. Stenbäck Student Scholarship and his dissertation has received the support of A Studio in the Woods and the ByWater Institute. He holds a Master's Degree in Spanish American Literature (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and a Master’s Degree in Education (Karlstad’s University, Sweden).