Dr. Jara M. Carrington is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and is Affiliated Faculty with the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Texas. Jara is a UNT alum; prior to earning her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, she completed her undergraduate education and an M.A. in Applied Anthropology at UNT. Her teaching and research interests explore the multiple ways that intersecting hierarchies of sexuality, gender, race, and class shape both the structural conditions and lived experiences of citizenship and belonging in the United States--a relatively broad interest that takes many forms. For example, Jara's research with "binational same sex couples" sought to untangle the increasingly complex relationship amongst social justice oriented non-governmental organizations (NGOs), their constituents, and U.S. law and policy in neoliberal times. Recently, Jara has started a new research project that is focused on collecting, archiving, and making public LGBTQ Latinx and Hispanic histories in Texas.
Since returning to North Texas, Jara has developed collaborative research and teaching relationships with several local organizations, including the Perot Museum of Science and Nature, The Dallas Way, and Arttitude. She is co-author of a chapter about future directions for queer migration advocacy in an edited volume titled Queer Activism After Marriage Equality, and she is working on subsequent journal articles based on her dissertation findings. As a Contributing Editor for Cultural Anthropology, Jara produced a podcast and a Teaching Tools blog post about queer anthropology.
2017 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of New Mexico
2007 M.A., Applied Anthropology, University of North Texas
2004 B.A., Psychology, University of North Texas