Lourdes Gutierrez Nájera, PhD

she/hers/ella, Associate Professor/Director of American Cultural Studies


Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera is chair of Ethnic Studies and associate professor of Latinx Studies. She teaches courses Citizenship & Belonging, Borders & Boundaries, Globalization and Migration. Her primary research has produced a hemispheric approach to Indigeneity and migration bridging the fields of Latinx, Latin American, Indigenous, and Migration Studies. Her essays highlight the ways that Zapotec Indigenous people negotiate exclusionary practices of belonging, as well as the role of settler colonialism in Latinx Indigenous formation in the U.S. Her research have been published in numerous journals including: American Anthropologist, the Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE) Journal, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Practicing Anthropology, and American Quarterly. She is also a co-edtior (with M. Bianet Castellanos and Arturo Aldama) Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas: Toward a Hemispheric Approach (University of Arizona Press 2012), a collection of essays examining indigenous experiences across the Américas.

Selected Publications


Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas. Co-edited Anthology with M. Bianet Castellanos and ArturoAldama. University of Arizona Press, Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies Series. 2012. 

“Transnational Settler Colonial Formations and Global Capital: A consideration of Indigenous Transnational Migrants.” Co-authored with Korinta Maldonado. Forum on Settler Colonialism in Latin America. American Quarterly. 2017 69(4): 809-821.  

“Zapotec Death and Mourning across Transnational Frontiers.” In Transnational Death. Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto, Samira Saramo, and Hanna Snellman (Eds). Studia Fennica Ethnologica 17 Series. Finland: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. 2019. Pp. 85-99.