Patricia Alvarez completed a Ph.D. in the Anthropology department at UC-Santa Cruz with an emphais in Film and Digital Media. Her intellectual and creative interests explore ethnography, documentary and other research-based art practices. Born and raised in Puerto Rico her photographic, video and installation work has been exhibited in the Caribbean and the US. Throughout her graduate career she has collaborated with independent documentary filmmakers in California. She is currently writing her dissertation and editing an ethnographic film on the supply chain of alpaca garments in Peru.