My research investigates the cultural learning and citizenship practices that occur in transnational communities, particularly among young people growing up in the Latino diaspora, between Latin American and Caribbean countries of origin and United States and European countries of settlement. In multiple sites in Central America, the United States, and Spain, I have examined how diaspora young people craft their own identities and learn to belong, participate, and work for change in multiple national communities. Along with critical ethnography, I use participatory action research methodologies to partner with diaspora youth in her research, exploring ways that the research can support their own processes of inquiry, self-definition and belonging. My teaching and research reflect my broad interest in bringing a cross-cultural comparative perspective to the study of how people build and use knowledge for social change.
Transnational migration, citizenship, participatory research, anthropology of education
EDUC 4800 - Special Topics
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Designed to meet needs of students with topics of pertinent interest. May be repeated up to 18 total hours.
EDUC 5015 - International / Comparative Education
Comparatively studies education in other countries, emphasizing�its role�in developing nations, with an emphasis on successful models�in basic literacy, primary education, secondary curriculum and�teacher education.�Analyzes political, social and economic policies and ideologies for their relevance to the development�process, including the role of international organizations: World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, Peace Corps and Volunteer Agencies. Same as EDUC 4015.
EDUC 6325 - Anthropology of Education
Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
Applies anthropological perspectives to research in educational settings. Focuses on theories of culture, cultural transmission and acquisition, and cultural reproduction and production for understanding schooling and its outcomes.
EDUC 8250 - Qualitative Methods I
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Introduces students to the theory and practice of qualitative research in education. First of a two-course sequence covering research design, theoretical perspectives, and methods. Preference given to first-year doctoral students in education.
EDUC 8260 - Qualitative Methods II
Builds on EDUC 8250 to develop knowledge and skills in ethnographic and case study research. Second of a two-course sequence covering qualitative research design, theoretical perspectives, and methods.