50th Anniversary

Academics at Prescott College

Anita Fernández, Ph.D.


Dr. Fernández’s areas of teaching and research include social justice education, critical multicultural education and teacher education.  As a former high school English teacher in Tucson, she is devoted to preparing activist teachers who are both compassionate and critical and put their students’ lives at the center of their curriculum.  Dr. Fernández is locally and nationally involved in community and professional organizations that focus on Latina/o rights, social justice activism, critical pedagogy and transformative teacher education.  Her publications include works in Multicultural Education, Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education, Journal of Association of Mexican American Educators and Rethinking Schools.

Dr. Fernández is currently the Director of Prescott College, Tucson, and faculty in the undergraduate Education Program as well as in the Masters of Arts Program in Social Justice and Human Rights.  She is the co-founder and Director of the Xican@ Institute for Teaching & Organizing (www.xicanoinstitute.org) and the co-founder of La Tierra Community School (www.latierracommunityschool.org), a K-8 Expeditionary Learning school in Prescott.  Dr. Fernández is based in Tucson, AZ.



Ph.D., University of Arizona, Language, Reading and Culture, 2001. 

M.A. University of Arizona, Teaching and Teacher Education, 1997. 

B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder, English, 1990.



Fernandez, A. (in press). Construir y No Destruir (Build and Do Not Destroy): Tucson Resisting. Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, Spring 2015.

Fernández, A. (in press). Resistance & Resilience in Tucson: The Xican@ Institute for Teaching & Organizing.  In T. Buenavista, J.R. Marín, A. Ratcliff, and D. Sandoval (Eds.), White Washing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Arce, S. & Fernández, A. (2014).  Barrio Pedagogy: Praxis Within the Tucson Social Justice Education Semester. Regeneración: The Association of Raza Educators Journal. 5(1), 4-11.

Fernández, A. & Hammer, Z. (2013).  Red Scare in the Red State: The Attack on Mexican-American Studies in Arizona and Opportunities for Building National Solidarity.  Journal of the Association of Mexican American Educators. 6(1).

Fernández, A. (2011). "Whitening Arizona: Teacher Education In a Time of War Against Our Students" (Winter 2010-2011).  Rethinking Schools.  


Fernández, A. (2009). Reconfiguring the borderlands of identity: Preparing social justice educators.  Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education, 4 (1).


Wong, P. & Fernández, A. (2008).  Sustaining Ourselves under Stressful Times: Strategies to Assist Multicultural Educators.  Multicultural Education, 15 (3).  

Fernández, A. (2003).  Autobiography in Multicultural, Anti-Racist Education: Three Case Studies. Teaching & Learning: The Journal of Natural Inquiry and Reflective Practice, 18(1).


Elsbree, A.R., Fernández, A.E. & Wong, P. (2004). Beyond It’s Elementary: Practices to Disrupt Homophobia in Teacher Education Courses. EdChange.

Fernández, A.E. & Wong, P. (2003). Global Service-Learning: A Central Asian Perspective. The Generator: Journal of Service-Learning and Youth Leadership, 21 (3).



Fernández, A. (June 26, 2015). Presenter, "In Lak'ech: Teaching justice and decolonial pedagogy." Xican@ Institute for Teaching & Organizing Summer Institute, Tucson, Arizona.

Fernández, A. & Arce, M.S. (November 7, 2014). Presenter, “Barrio pedagogy: Praxis along the border.” 24th International Conference of the National Association of Multicultural Education. Tucson, Arizona.

Fernández, A. (January, 2014). Presenter, “Listening Across Difference: Acknowledging Counterstories” at MiddCORE, Middlebury College. Middleubry, Vermont.

Fernández, A. & Acosta, C. (November 9, 2013). Presenter, “Xican@ Institute for Teaching & Organizing: Tucson Rising from the Ashes.” National Association for Multicultural Education, Oakland, California.

Fernández, A.; Arce, M.S.; Mireles, E.T. & Acosta, C. (July 12, 2013). Workshop presenter, “New tactics from Tucson: Xican@ institute for teaching and organizing.” Free Minds, Free People: 4th Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois.

Fernández, A., Mireles, E.T. & Acosta, C. (April 13, 2013). Workshop presenter, “Praxis of Struggle and Hope.” National Association for Ethnic Studies. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Fernández, A., Hammer, Z., Soto, S., Bebout, L., Tellez, T., Cheng, W. & Montoya, T.M. (January 25, 2012). Panelist, “Critical Ethnic Studies in Arizona.” Fanaticism and Abolition Democracy: Critical Theory in the Spirit of Joel Olson. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Fernández, A. (April 30, 2012). Keynote speaker, “Forbidden Curricula and the National Implications of Arizona’s Ban on Ethnic Studies”. Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Middlebury College. Middlebury, Vermont.

Fernández, A., Federico-Brummer, M., Dominguez, K., Mir, A. (July 22, 2011). Panelist, "Mujeres en la Lucha.” Institute for Transformative Education. Tucson, Arizona.

Fernández, A., Perez, W., Benavides Lopez, C., Subedi, B., & Bigelow, M. (April 9, 2011). Panelist, "Problem Posing Latina/o Immigration along the Educational Pipeline" American Educational Research Association Annual Conference.  New Orleans, Louisiana.











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