Dr. Helen Burgos Ellis


About Dr. Helen Burgos Ellis

Dr. Helen Burgos Ellis holds a Ph.D. in Art History and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from UCLA. Dr. Ellis is in the process of completing her book titled, Aztec Science: Plant Sexuality and the Domestication of Maize in the Codex Borgia. She has conducted extensive archival, museum and field research in indigenous communities throughout Mexico with the help of a Fulbright-Hays/IIE Fellowship 2011–12 generously funded by the Mellon Foundation. Dr. Ellis is a lecturer in the Department of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies at both CSULA and UCLA where she teaches courses on indigenous art and modern Mexican and Mesoamerican literature. She also works as a Research Assistant in the Scholars Program at the Getty Research Institute.


Codex Borgia
Thirty-three feet long, the Codex Borgia records historical, ritual, mythological, and botanical information.

Codex Borgia