Yve Chavez (Gabrieleno Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians) earned her Ph.D. in art history in 2017 from UCLA where she studied the indigenous arts of the Americas and colonial Latin American art. Following her graduation, she held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she curated the first major solo exhibition on Santa Clara Pueblo artist Rose B. Simpson. During the 2018–2019 academic year, she was a fellow in the department of history at UC Santa Cruz through the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Her current book project examines the artistic contributions of California's first peoples at the missions and the survivance of California Indian material culture. She is an assistant professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture Department at UC Santa Cruz.