Dr. Mariela Nuñez-Janes | Department of Anthropology

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Dr. Mariela Nuñez-Janes

Professor of Anthropology / Director of Graduate Programs
Sycamore Hall 131

Mariela Nuñez-Janes (profe) specializes in education, immigration, and youth. Her areas of interest also include Latinxs, feminist pedagogies, and participatory methodologies. Dr. Nuñez-Janes' applied research focuses on the following interdisciplinary and pedagogical areas: 1) educational experiences of Latinxs and other marginalized populations, 2) youth-led social movements, and 3) innovative pedagogies and research methodologies that promote equity and empowerment. Profe joined the anthropology faculty at UNT in the fall of 2003. She is involved in research projects that include collaboration with students, youth, and local communities. At UNT she is a founding member of La Colectiva (http://facultysuccess.unt.edu/la-colectiva-mentoring-team-expanding-through-collaboration-0), an advisory board member and mentor in the McNair Scholars Program (http://honors.unt.edu/mcnair-scholars/program-information) and a member of the LMAS executive board (http://lmas.unt.edu). Dr. Nuñez-Janes is the recipient of the 2017 UNT Foundation Community Engagement Award.


2003 Ph.D., Anthropology, University of New Mexico

1997 M.A., Anthropology, University of New Mexico

1991 B.A., Anthropology, Lawrence University

Selected Consulting Projects

Ongoing "Digital Storytelling and Participatory Action Research"
Client: Texas School District/PALS

2007 "The Chicano/a Latino/a Oral History Project: Stories about and by Youth"
Client: Center for Spanish Language Media

2005 "Improving Literacy Among Diverse Populations: An Analysis of Best Practices and Recommendations for the Dallas/Fort Worth Region"
Client: North Texas Future Fund

2004 "The Impact of Bilingual Education on Identity and Inter-Ethnic Relations Among Elementary and High School Students"
Client: New Mexico Urban School District

Selected Publications


2017 Nuñez-Janes, Mariela, Aaron Thornburg and Angela Booker. Deep Stories: Practicing, Teaching, and Learning Anthropology with Digital Storytelling. De Gruyter Open. https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/487656

2007 Aguado Odina, Teresa; Ballesteros Velásquez, Belén; Núñez-Janes, Mariela, et. al. Racism: What It Is and How to Deal With It. A Guide to Talking about Racism. Austria: Navreme Publications.

Journal Articles

*indicates that co-author is a student

2016 Nuñez-Janes, Mariela and *Mario Ovalle. "Organic Activists: Undocumented Youth Creating Spaces of Acompañamiento." Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: An International Journal 10(4):189- 200.

2016 Nuñez-Janes, Mariela. "When Ethnography Relates: Reflections on the Possibilities of Digital Storytelling" Anthropology & Education Quarterly 47(3):235-239.

2016 Nuñez-Janes, Mariela, *Guadalupe Solano-Pimentel and Steve Pavey. "La urgencia como elemento necesario en la praxis de la antropología aplicada/Urgency as a Necessary Element in the Praxis of Applied Anthropology." Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología, IV Congreso Latinoamericano de Antropología, Memoria http://www.ala.iia.unam.mx/memorias/simposios/s55.html

2013 Henry, Lisa, Mariela Nuñez-Janes, Ann Jordan and Alicia Re Cruz. "Synonyms for Engagement Forging an Engaged Anthropology in North Texas." Theme issue, "Anthropology and the Engaged University." Annals of Anthropological Practice 37(1):90-112.

2009 Nuñez-Janes, Mariela and *Andrea Robledo."Testimoniando: A Latina Critical Feminist Approach to Racism in College Campuses." Chicana/Latina Studies 9(1):72-103.

2008 Nuñez-Janes, Mariela and Re Cruz. Alicia. "Digital Storytelling as a Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for Latin@ Students." Journal of Spanish Language Media 1: 192-199.

2007 Nuñez-Janes, Mariela. "Diversity as an Orientalist Discourse." Ethnic
Studies Review 30 (1 &2): 41-57.

2007 Nuñez-Janes, Mariela and Re Cruz, Alicia. "The Pedagogy of Teaching Online Graduate Courses in the Program of Applied Anthropology." Practicing Anthropology 29 (1): 20-23.

2002 Nuñez-Janes, Mariela. "Bilingual Education and Identity Debates in New Mexico: Constructing and Contesting Nationalism and Ethnicity." Journal of the Southwest 44(1): 61-78.

Visual Productions

*indicates that co-author is a student
2008 Nuñez-Janes, Mariela and *Abbe, Marisa (site designer), Students as Researchers, a website dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning through participatory youth action research and collaborative student research projects, http://courses.unt.edu/nunezjanes/

2006 Nuñez-Janes, Mariela (producer) and *Skobarczyk, Josh (director). Unheard Voices.

Selected Presentations

*indicates that co-presenter is a student or teacher

2016 Invited panelist, "Art, Anthropology, and Activism." In Conjunction with the Exhibition Immigrant Laborers. With Lupita Murillo-Tinnen and Ramiro Luna. The Art Galleries at TCU, TCU, Fort Worth, TX

2015 Guest Panelist, "Our Races, Our Selves" Interviewed by Chris Boyd for KERA's THINK, June 24 http://www.kera.org/2015/06/24/our-races- ourselves/

2014 Opening Keynote "Crossing Borders with Undocumented Youth: Reflections on the Possibilities and Limits of a Pedagogy of Acompañamiento," Texas National Association for Multicultural Education 2014 Conference, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX

2008 "Digital Storytelling as Praxis: Engaging Youth Using Storytelling and Media Technology." Paper presented with *Tim Sanchez for the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA (refereed)

2008 "Youth Activism, Immigration, and the 2006 Walkouts." Paper presented for the Binational Conference on Immigration Trends and Immigrant Rights Movements in the United States and Spain, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX (invited)

2006 "Perspectives from the 'A' Side/Undisciplined Testimonios." Paper presented for the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA (refereed)

2006 "Beyond Educational Borders: An Oral History of Chicanas/os in Higher Education." Discussant for the Annual Conference of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Guadalajara, Mexico (refereed)

2006 "Educational Anthropology on the Edge: A Perspective on Research and Teaching from the Margins." Paper presented for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada (refereed)

2006 "Leaving Diversity Behind: Experiential Explorations on Transitioning Towards a Decolonizing Praxis in the Academy." Paper presented for the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Ethnic Studies, San Francisco, CA (refereed)

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