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Faculty/Staff Profiles

The ECS department has recruited a strong diverse faculty and an exceptional group of graduate students of diverse ethnicities. By building a vibrant, energetic and diverse department, we are able to enjoy an exciting intellectual climate that brings together the insights of many different research traditions and many different groups. We have a mix of scholars with overlapping research interests and strong disciplinary roots. One faculty member is an educational anthropologist and studies the education of Indigenous people (Donna Deyhle), three are educational sociologists (Leticia Alvarez, Dolores Delgado Bernal, William Smith), one is a curriculum researcher (Karen A. Johnson), two are educational philosophers (Audrey Thompson, Frank Margonis), and one studies language and education (Veronica Valdez). Added to our research interests, our faculty bring together life experiences of African Americans, Latinas/os, American Indians, Jewish Americans, and European Americans.

ECS faculty also have a strong academic and service connection to the Ethnic Studies program at the University. One half of our faculty are jointly appointed in Ethnic Studies. Ed Buendia is the Ethnic Studies program coordinator; Donna Deyhle is on the American Indian studies faculty; Karen A. Johnson and William Smith are on the African American studies faculty; and Dolores Delgado Bernal is a member of the Chicana/o studies faculty. These faculty teach a variety of courses focused on the history, social, cultural, literary, political, economic, and linguistic contexts of communities of color in the United States for the Ethnic Studies Program.

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 Cynthia Benally

Cynthia Benally

SAEC 3292

Delgado Bernal Dolores Delgado Bernal - View Profile
Donna Deyhle Donna Deyhle - View Profile
SAEC 3287

Leticia Alvarez

Leticia Alvarez Gutiérrez- View Profile
Associate Professor
SAEC 3283
Jose Gutierrez

José Francisco Gutiérrez
Assistant Professor
SAEC 3286

Karen Johnson Karen A. Johnson - View Profile
Associate Professor
SAEC 3295
Harvey Kantor

Harvey Kantor - View Profile
Professor Emeritus

Frank Frank Margonis - View Profile
SAEC 3289
Wanda Pillow Wanda Pillow - View Profile
Associate Professor
SAEC 3284
Will Smith William Smith - View Profile
Interim Department Chair
Associate Professor
SAEC 3286
Audrey Thompson Audrey Thompson - View Profile
SAEC 3285
Veronica Valdez Veronica Valdez - View Profile
Assistant Professor
SAEC 3288


Amy Wright

Amy Wright
Academic Program Coordinator
SAEC 3280

jonaton lefler

Jonatan Lefler
Administrative Assistant
SAEC 3294


Last Updated: 8/17/17