Dr. Sandoval is a Senior Lecturer at Barrett the Honors College at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus. He holds a PhD in Culture & Performance from UCLA, an MA in Individualized Study with a focus on Performance Studies from NYU, and a BA in English with a focus on Performance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Dr. Sandoval is also a member of ASU's Chicano /Latino Faculty & Staff Association.
Dr. Sandoval is currently researching the transborder holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). He focuses on the large-scale public celebrations of the holiday in Los Angeles and the US Southwest in order to examine the ways the holiday has developed from ancient MesoAmerican ritual to American popular culture. His research analyzes issues of performance, interculturalism, race, hybridity, indigeneity, spirituality, and cultural appropriation & commodification. Furthermore, he writes about the way Day of the Dead intersects with his experiences coming of age as a working-class mixed-race Chicano.