Faculty Highlights

The Latinx Center is a consortium of interdisciplinary faculty dedicated to creating and advancing knowledge that gives voice to the history, politics, culture, and legacies of Latinx communities. We are grateful to faculty from across the university for their contribution, vision, and scholarship.

Latinx Center Faculty Members

Deb Ortega

Dr. Deb Ortega

Dr. Debora Ortega is the founding director of the Latinx Center at the University of Denver. Her scholarship addresses the way that everyday white supremacy affects Latinx people.

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Dr. Jesse Acevedo

Dr. Acevedo is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver. 

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Dr. Ramona Beltrán

Ramona Beltrán, MSW, PhD is a mixed-race Xicana of Yaqui and Mexican descent and dancer/activist/scholar.

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Dr. Maria del Carmen Salazar

Dr. María del Carmen Salazar is a Professor of Curriculum & Instruction & Teacher Education in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.

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Dr. Alejandro Cerón

Alejandro Cerón, PhD is an anthropologist interested in the social and cultural aspects of health, especially sociocultural epidemiology, public health practice, and the right to health.

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Prof. Roberto Corrada

Roberto L. Corrada, JD is the Mulligan Burleson Chair in Modern Learning and Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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Dr. Miguel De La Torre

The focus of Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre's academic pursuit is social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression.

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Dr. Elizabeth Escobedo

Elizabeth Escobedo, PhD is an associate professor of Latinx history, with a specialization in 20th century Mexican American history.

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Prof. Rafael Fajardo

Rafael Fajardo, MFA is an artist, designer, researcher and educator. Through his collaborative, SWEAT, Fajardo has been creating boundary-blurring video games as an art form.

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Dr. Lydia Gil

Dr.Lydia Gil teaches in the Department of Spanish Language, Literary and Cultural Studies. Her recent scholarship focuses on the memorialization of atrocity in the Southern Cone.

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Carlos Jimenez

Dr. Carlos Jimenez

Dr.Carlos Jimenez’s research broadly examines the role of media in the everyday lives of low-wage immigrant workers.

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Dr. Lisa M. Martinez

Lisa M. Martinez, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology. She is also a core faculty member of the Latinx Center.

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Dr. Salvador Mercado

Dr. Salvador Mercado specializes in contemporary Latin American narrative, focusing on the Spanish speaking Caribbean, with emphasis on Puerto Rico.

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Dr. Lina Reznicek-Parrado

Lina Reznicek-Parrado, PhD works to create courses in the Department of Spanish Language, Literary and Cultural Studies that intentionally incorporate the heritage student experience in the institution.

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tom romero

Dr. Tom Romero

The author of numerous articles, book chapters, and essays, Dr. Tom Romero teaches and researches in the areas of the legal history of the American West.

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Dr. Kristy L. Ulibarri

Kristy L. Ulibarri, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Literary Arts and is affiliate faculty of the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) program.

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Dr. Miriam G. Valdovinos

Dr. Miriam Valdovinos’ scholarship addresses the health effects of intimate partner violence (IPV) experiences in Latinx families.

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