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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

LLILAS Welcomes Luis Urrieta Jr., New Chair of the Mexican Center

Posted: November 4, 2013

As the new chair of the Mexican Center, Luis Urrieta, Jr., Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in Education and associate LLILAS faculty, plans to continue to provide a platform for top scholarship and public engagement on vital issues related to Mexico.

Dr. Urrieta also plans to strengthen and expand the connections between Mexican universities, institutions, and the Mexican Center including engagement with local Mexican communities. He will contribute expertise on identity, agency, education, migration, and educational justice movements from both sides of the border.

As a Fulbright-García Robles Scholar, Dr. Urrieta conducted ethnographic research on indigenous education, learning in community context, and the causes of migration in San Miguel Nocutzepo, his family’s community of origin. Influenced by his rural P’urhépecha heritage, his current ongoing research in Mexico continues to focus on indigenous knowledge systems and decolonizing methodologies.

He received his doctorate in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in education. Dr. Urrieta's research interests include Chicana/o, Latina/o, and indigenous education; cultural studies and education; studies of identity and agency; and activism and educational justice movements. His research is highlighted in Working from Within: Chicana and Chicano Activist Educators in Whitestream Schools (University of Arizona Press, 2010).

For more information, contact the Mexican Center at 512.471.8418.

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