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Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Office Location: 121 Howard Hall

Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera is a cultural anthropologist whose research is vested in continued exploration of indigeneity, immigration, ethnicity, citizenship & belonging, and youth. She has published essays in numerous journals including: American Anthropologist, the Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE) Journal, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Practicing Anthropology, and Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development. She is also a co-edtior (with M. Bianet Castellanos and Arturo Aldama) Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas: Toward a Hemispheric Approach, examining indigenous experiences across the Américas (University of Arizona Press 2012), a collection of essays on hemispheric comparative indigeneities.  As a professor of Anthropology at Drake University, her classes cover diverse topics such as globalization, borders and borderlands, transnational migration, oral history and Latinos in the United States. As a scholar committed to disseminating stories of immigrants to the United States. Her enthusiasm for public scholarship and community engagement are reflected in her class projects including wiki pages about critical issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border ( and her migrant oral history archive (
Prof. Gutierrez, syllabi, publications and curriculum vitae are available at

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