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Mexican Center Faculty Committee

Luis Urrieta, Jr.

Luis Urrieta, Jr. (photo by Mari Correa)

Chair

Luis Urrieta, Jr., PhD, is associate professor and program director for the Cultural Studies in Education Program at The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education, and coordinator of the Cultura en Acción / Culture in Action After School Program. He has dedicated his life and career to raising awareness about Latina/o community issues, especially in immigrant and indigenous communities. As the son of Mexican immigrants from rural Michoacán, his motivation for advocacy and work with communities stems from his family experiences dealing with the perceptions and often hostility toward immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants. His professional and academic work in education have been dedicated to raising awareness and valuing Latina/o immigrant family and community knowledge as well as the importance of nourishing and supporting strong ethnic and linguistic identities in Latina/o children and youth, while promoting and creating the conditions for high academic achievement. Urrieta’s advocacy has been primarily focused on mentoring, teaching, and cultivating leadership around critical issues in Latina/o education with youth. The collaborative after-school program he directs for elementary school students focuses on leadership skills and academic, self, and community empowerment, integrating 21st-century skills and technology. Urrieta received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003.

He has been recognized as a fellow by the American Educational Research Association, the Spencer Foundation, the Lee Hage Jamail Regents Chair in Education (UT), by the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Commission (2009–2010), and received the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2009, Dr. Urrieta published Working from Within: Chicana and Chicano Activist Educators in Whitestream Schools with the University of Arizona Press. He was honored at the White House on March 31, 2014, as a César E. Chávez “Champion of Change.”

Members

Matthew Butler

Matthew Butler
Associate Professor, Dept. of History
PhD, University of Bristol
Interests: post-revolutionary Mexico; local religion; Cristero Rebellion; church and state; Latin American Catholicism; Latin American bullfight

Martha Menchaca

Martha Menchaca
Professor, Dept. of Anthropology
PhD, Stanford University
Interests: social anthropology; ethnicity; gender; oral history and traditions; legal anthropology; immigration

Néstor P. Rodríguez

Néstor P. Rodríguez
Professor, Dept. of Sociology
PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Interests: international migrtion and deportation issues; race and ethnic relations; urban sociology

Rebecca M. Torres

Rebecca M. Torres
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geography & the Environment
PhD, University of California, Davis
Interests: migration; rural development; agriculture; gender; tourism; activist scholarship


LLILAS Mexicanist Faculty

LLILAS Mexicanist Faculty

Mexicanist Faculty

With over 70 Mexicanist faculty on campus, UT Austin has one of the largest research and teaching groups on Mexico and border issues outside Mexico. Their research covers a range of interests, from Mesoamerica's culture and languages to colonial and modern history, water resources, social inequalities, migration and border issues, gender and indigenous issues, contemporary Mexican politics, and art and architecture.

Visit LLILAS Mexicanist Faculty to learn about LLILAS faculty working on Mexiccan, border, and Latino issues.

Events

Mon • Oct 27

Conversation: "Patrolling the Border:...

2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1
4:00 PM

Mon • Nov 17

Panel Discussion: "Rural Self-Defense...

Sinclair Suite, UNB 3.128
3:00 PM

Mon • Nov 17

Austin Lecture on Contemporary Mexico:...

Santa Rita Room, UNB 3.502
6:00 PM

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