Dr. Jennie M. Luna, Quiahuicoatl Meztli, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies
Office: Breland Hall, Rm. 126
Education: Ph.D., Native American Studies 2011 (Univ Of Cal-Davis) M.A., Native American Studies 2006 (Univ Of Cal-Davis); Ed.M, Philosophy of Education (Cultural Studies and Urban Ed) 2001 (Teachers College, Columbia University); B.A. Chicana/o Studies & Mass Communications 1999 (Univ Of Cal-Berkeley)
Licenses & Certificates: Certificate of Language Proficiency Nahuatl 2010 (Yale University & Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico)
Certificate of Completion, Doula/Labor Assistant 2006 (Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators, California)
Teaching and Research Interests: Xicana, Native American, and Ethnic Studies, Xicana Feminist Theory, Race/Class/Gender Studies, Transnational dance and cultural production, Reproductive rights, Traditional Indigenous birthing practices and ceremonial rites of passage, Indigenous women's participation in global political movements, and community activism
Courses Taught: Women, Gender, and Culture; Indigenous Women: Health, Body, Mind, and Spirit;
Women Crossing Borders
Research: My primary methods are Ethnography, Decolonial/Decolonizing Methodologies, Active Participant-Observation, and testimonio. My theoretical frameworks are grounded in Xicana Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory and Red Pedagogy.
- Luna, J. (forthcoming) "La Tradición Conchera: THe Synergistic adn Historical Process of Danza and Catholicism" in Diálogo: Center for Latino Research, DePaul Univeristy Chicago, IL.
- Luna, J. (forthcoming) "Examining MeXicana/o Indigenous Identity and Cultural Formation through Traditional Danza Mexica" in Border-Lines: Journal of Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.
- Luna, J. "Ometeotl: Deconstructing Patriarchy through the Reclamation of Indigenous Language" in Speaking from the Heart: Herstories of Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian Women (ed.) Rose Borunda and Melissa Moreno. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2012.
- Luna, J. "Building a Xicana Indigena Philosophical Base" in American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, (eds.) Bernie J. Canteñs and Carlos Alberto Sánchez, Spring 2012 Volume 11, Number 2.
Select Paper Presentations:
- "Pedagogy of 'Speaking from the Heart': The Use of Textbook addressing Herstories of Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian Women" panel presentation, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, March 2013.
- "Chicana Desire & Birthing: Reflections of Karleen Pendleton Jiménez's How to Get a Girl Pregnant" panel presentation, Martin Luther King Library, San José State University, July 2012.
- "Healers and Storytellers: The Colorado Sisters and the Coatlicue Theatre Company," paper presentation, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Chicago, IL, April 2012.
- "Thinking Outside the Language of Oppression: Nahuatl Language, Indigenous Education and Impact on Xicana/o Research," paper presentation, National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Pasadena, CA, April 2011.