Mexican Center Faculty Committee
Luis Urrieta, Jr. (photo by Mari Correa)
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.”
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
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese
PhD, University of Minnesota
Interests: critical indigenous studies; Latin American Colonial literatures; ethnohistory (Nahuatl studies); decolonizing methodologies
Professor, Dept. of Anthropology
PhD, Stanford University
Interests: social anthropology; ethnicity; gender; oral history and traditions; legal anthropology; immigration
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
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.
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