Dr. Sandoval is an Associate Teaching Professor at Barrett the Honors College in Downtown Phoenix. He is also an ASU Social Transformation Lab Fellow and a member of ASU's Chicano /Latino Faculty & Staff Association. Dr. Sandoval 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 currently researching the transborder holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). He focuses on the holiday's popular history of the holiday as it has circulated in mass media, art exhibitions, tourism, and cinema. He also conducts ethnographic research on large-scale public celebrations of the holiday in Mexico and the US Southwest in order to examine the ways the holiday has developed from ancient Mesoamerican ritual to mass media spectacle. His research analyzes issues of performance, transnationalism, 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.