Dr. Mariela Nuñez-Janes | Department of Anthropology

Dr. Mariela Nuñez-Janes

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Chilton Hall 330F

Mariela Nuñez-Janes (profe) specializes in race, ethnicity, and education. Her areas of interest also include Latinos, feminist pedagogies, and participatory action research. Dr. Nuñez-Janes' applied research focuses on the following interdisciplinary and pedagogical areas: 1) formations of race and ethnicity and emerging forms of racism in educational settings, 2) educational experiences of Latinos/as and other marginalized populations, and 3) innovative pedagogies and research methodologies that promote educational equity. Profe joined the anthropology faculty at UNT in the fall of 2003. She is currently co-directing the Ethnic Studies Minor and is involved in research projects that include collaboration with students, high school youth, and local teachers. In addition, she is actively involved in service activities for the university, local community, and professional organizations. As a Latina scholar, profe envisions her intellectual interests and applied research as a form of advocacy.

Mariela Nuñez-Janes is also on the editorial review boards for:
Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World
Journal of Women's and Intercultural Leadership


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

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
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
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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