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Academic Statement (Return to top)

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 Education Program of the Resident Degree 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.



Background & Experience

Selected Publications (Return to top)

Fernández, A.(in press). Resistance & Resilience in Tucson: The Xican@ Institute for Teaching & Organizing. In T. Buenavista, J.R. Marin, A.J. Ratcliff & D.M. Sandoval, White Washing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. 

Arce, S. & Fernández, A. (2014).  Barrio Pedagogy: Praxis Within the Tucson Social Justice Education Semester. Regeneración: The Association of Raza Educators Journal. Volume 5, Issue 1, p. 19.

Fernández, A. & Hammer, Z. (2012).  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.  December, 2012.

Fernández, A. (Winter 2010-2011)"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).




Presentations (Return to top)

"Listening Across Difference: Acknolwedging Counterstories" at Middlebury College, January 2014.

"Xican@ Institute for Teaching & Organizing: Tucson Rising From the Ashes" at National Association for Multicultural Education, November 9, 2013, Oakland, CA.

"New Tactics From Tucson: Xican@ Institute for Teaching & Organizing" with Sean Arce, Ernesto Mireles and Curtis Acosta at Free Minds Free People, July 16, 2013, Chicago, IL.

"Praxis of Struggle and Hope: An Update From Tucson" with Curtis Acosta and Ernesto Mireles at National Association for Ethnic Studies, April 13, 2013 - Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

"Critical Ethnic Studies in Arizona" at Fanatacism and Abolition Democracy: Critical Theory in the Spirit of Joel Olson, January 26, 2013 - NAU, Flagstaff, AZ.

"Forbidden Curricula and the National Implications of Arizona's Ban on Ethnic Studies" at Middlebury College's Center for the Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity, April 30, 2012 - Middlebury, VT.

"Mujeres en la Lucha" at the Institute for Transformative Education, July 22, 2011 - Tucson, AZ.

"Problem Posing Latina/o Immigration along the Educational Pipeline" at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference.  April 9, 2011 - New Orleans.

"Prescott Mural Controversy" at the Combatting Hate, Censorship and Forbidden Curricula Conference.  December 3, 2010 - Tucson, AZ.

“Educating the children: Experiences of Latino children in Arizona classrooms” at Prescott Public Library, Summer 2010.

“Owning up to the venom: Preservice teachers analyze their privilege” at National Association for Multicultural Education Annual International Conference.  November 9, 2006 – Phoenix, AZ

“Our Storied Selves: The Power of Using Personal Narratives in the Classroom” at California Council on Teacher Education, San Jose, Ca. April 1, 2005.

“Preventing Burnout: Practices for Sustaining Multicultural Educators” with Dr. Penelope Wong and Dr. Miguel Fernández  at the National Association for Multicultural Education Annual International Conference on October 29, 2004 – Kansas City, MO

“Using Teacher Dispositions to Support Equity” with Dr. Ann Schulte at the National Association for Multicultural Education Annual International Conference, Seattle, WA. November 7, 2003.

“Multicultural Teacher Education Pedagogy:  Transforming Student Resistance to Diversity in Pre-Service Teacher Education Programs” with Dr. Christine Sleeter, Dr. Geneva Gay, Dr. Yuri Wellington, at the National Association of Multicultural Education Annual International Conference, Seattle, WA. November 7, 2003.


Education (Return to top)

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.

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