- B.A., M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Michael Ornelas received his B.A. in history with a minor in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was accepted into the Ph.D. program where he received his Master’s degree in American history with an emphasis on the Chicano experience as well as modern European history since the French Revolution. He was a recipient of the University of California Regents Scholarship for Graduate Study. Since then he has attended UCSD and SDSU where he has accumulated over one hundred additional units in various disciplines including Educational Technologies, Anthropological Linguistics, International and Native American cinema, History, and Political Science. Professor Ornelas was also selected for a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Summer Study at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where he studied the literature of ethnic minorities in the southwest under Dr. Leonard Dinnerstein. With Professor Joel Perez he has organized educational study tours to Mexico with a focus on the Mayan pre-Columbian archaeological sites, Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology, Teotihuacan and Tula. He was a participant in the intensive study program on Mesoamerican Religion and Thought at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Mexico City under the direction of Dr. David Carrasco and the director of the Templo Mayor Project and Museum, Eduardo Matos Moctezuma.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities in Chicano Studies, he has also taught at UCSB, San Diego State University, Portland State University, Southwestern College, Ventura College and Oxnard Colleges.