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Research Justice at the Intersections

Rebeca Burciaga
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Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, San Jose State University

Educación in Nepantla: Living and Learning in Chicana/Latina Borderlands

This book examines ;educación nepantla—the teaching and learning of the liminal borderlands that we seldom pause to recognize as epistemological and ontological sources of knowledge. It does so by responding to Anzaldúa’s (2000) call to weave together our intellectual, political, and spiritual work and by recognizing that Chicana/o and Latina/o communities’ intellectual, cultural, material, social, and emotional resources constitute historically accumulated knowledge (Delgado Bernal, Elenes, Godinez, & Villenas, 2006). The authors trace Chicana feminist theories, grounded in lived experiences and commitments to social justice, that have inspired innovative educational scholarship. Utilizing a Chicana feminist perspective and a testimonio methodology, they also provide their own educational testimonios of immigration, death, loss, parenting, phenotype, schooling, and academia, as examples of living theory. The testimonios demonstrate educación in nepantla—lessons learned while navigating the borderlands of privileges, marginalities, and resistance in the personal and professional lives Chicana/Mexicana academics.

Rebeca Burciaga is an Assistant Professor at San José State University in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education. Dr. Burciaga has worked and conducted research with students, schools, and families for over twenty years, focusing on understanding and challenging educational practices and structures that produce and reproduce racial, ethnic, gender, and class inequalities, specifically with respect to Latina/o communities. She is currently working with colleagues from across the country on a book about educación as epistemological and ontological sources of knowledge. Dr. Burciaga has an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and holds a PhD in Education from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her work has been supported and recognized by the Spencer Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and the American Association of University Women.

Research Justice at the Intersections


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Last Updated: 9/5/17