Dr. 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 and activist 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. Pofe is involved in research projects that include collaboration with students, youth, and local communities.
Research areas: Latinx education, immigrant education
Most important accomplishments:
- Co-author with youth of the book Eclipse of Dreams: The Undocumented Youth-Led Struggle for Freedom, published in 2020 by AK Press.
- 2021 Recipient of the UNT Ulys and Vera Knight Faculty Mentoring Award
- 2020-2023 President of the Council on Anthropology and Education
- 2017 Recipient of the UNT Foundation Community Engagement Award
- Founding member of La Colectiva
I have been involved since April of 2020 in a collaboration between Denton ISD, UNT, and TWU that resulted in the creation of a Bilingual Homework Hotline. Working closely with Denton ISD's bilingual program I lead our collaboration and involve university students who participate as volunteers/helpers providing virtual assistance to school age youth. More than helping with homework, this project is putting critical pedagogy in action extending interdisciplinary action-oriented opportunities for students while centering Latinx families through practices of acompañamiento/accompaniment.