I have served migrant families and students in California and Colorado since the commencement of my doctoral studies at UCLA in 2000. This participation in the collective work of forging links between migrant and university communities has left a deep imprint on my formation as a scholar-educator.
I am a Chicano scholar of human development working at the conjuction of anthropology and philosophy of education with four interconnected research interests: 1.) the conjoint development of the world-system and the idea of educational rights since the late 15th century; 2.) the development and expansion of literacy during that same period; 3.) the "consequences" of literacy over the life course; and 4.) the modes of organizing teaching/learning most conducive to intellectual and social growth for all youth, but most especially migrant children and adolescents. I am attempting to contribute to the formation of an intellectual tradition that fuses longue durée historical research on the development of the modern world, macro-level data on migration flows in the world-system, and micro-genetic anthropological accounts of learning and development in everyday settings such as school, home, and workplace.
My students at the University of Colorado Denver:
University life is most exciting when I am given the opportunity to work with persons who exercise a deep regard for the intellectual heritage of various world cultures. All scholars, thinkers, and writers are thoroughly local products of time and place. However, the impulse to connect with broader political struggles and traditions makes our work cosmopolitan.
- Education and Democracy: Segregation, Desegregation, and Resegregation - Fall 2012
- Migration, Modernity and Literacy - UNHL 3620
- Working with Families and Communities: Ethnographic Field Work, Analysis, and Writing - DSEP 7830
- Foundations of Language, Literacy, and Culture - LLC 5910
- Anthropology and Philosophy of Education
- History of segregation, desegregation, and resegregation
- Ethnography of education
- The historical relationship between social science and the law
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