Dr. Jennie M. Luna, Quiahuicoatl Meztli, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies
Office: Breland Hall, Rm. 126
Mondays & Wednesdays 1:30-3:00 pm
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; Representing Women Across Cultures; Contemporary Native American Issues; Native American Philosophy and Spirituality
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. (2013) "La Tradición Conchera: The Historical Process of Danza and Catholicism" in Diálogo: Center for Latino Research at DePaul University Chicago, IL.
- Luna, J. (2012) "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. (2012). "Coming Home to Danza" in Our Story: Speaking from the Heart: Herstories of Chicana, Latina, and Amerinidan Women.(eds.) Rose Borunda and Melissa Moreno. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.
- Luna, J. (2012) "Building a Xicana Indígena 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:
- "Indigenous Reproductive Health Issues and Traditional Birthing Practices," Global Health Disparities Symposium, New Mexico State University (July 10, 2013)
- "(Im)migration, the Border, and How Policy Affects Women" Feminist Perspectives Symposium, New Mexico State University (March 2013)
- "Pedagogy of 'Speaking from the Heart': The Use of Textbook addressing Herstories of Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian Women," National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference, San Antonio, TX March 2013.
- "Land and Identity through Nahua World View," Center for Latin America and Border Studies Spring Lecture Series, New Mexico State University (February 27, 2013)
- "Making the Cultural Birth Movement Relevant to All Women," The Northern New Mexico Birth Summit, Northern New Mexico College (December 1, 2012)
- "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.
"Spirituality and Resistance through Danza Azteca"
Presenter: Dr. Jennie Luna
Assistant Professor, Women's Studies
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Corbett Center , Colfax Room 2nd floor
This workshop will outline the history of Danza Azteca as one of many Indigenous dance practices that resisted Spanish Colonialism throughout Latin America and the U.S. Southwest. This workshop will explore the intersections of race, religion/spirituality, culture, language, and history. Danza was both a catalyst and product of the Chicano Movement, inserting both a political and spiritual perspective that ultimately impacted the ways in which Chicanas/os view themselves and their identity.
For more information contact Chicano Programs 575-646-4206.
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