Dr. Soto earned her doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis in Native American Studies and her master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Latin American Studies. Her research focuses on the contemporary Mayan literary movement of Chiapas, Mexico, more specifically on concepts of identity formation, gender relations, and Mayan cosmovisions as articulated in the literature. Her book manuscript entitled, Unstoppable Clamor: The Reconstruction of a Mayan World in Chiapas, is currently under press review. Prior to joining Sonoma State, she was a visiting assistant professor and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in American Indian Studies where she also taught courses on Indigenous knowledge systems. Dr. Soto was featured as part of the School of Arts and Humanities' Faculty Spotlight for her chapter titled "A World Where Many Worlds Fit: Zapatismo and The Reconstruction of a Maya World in Chiapas" in the book Violence and Indigenous Communities: Confronting the Past and Engaging the Present, published February, 2021.