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Ruth Trinidad Galván

    Professor, Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies

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Dr. Ruth Trinidad-Galván teaches Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies in the Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies at The University of New Mexico. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty in the Women’s Studies program and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Her research examines global, transmigrant, and transnational issues of Latin American immigrants, Latina education in the U.S., and womanist/feminist epistemologies and pedagogies. She is a two-time recipient of the Fulbright Scholars Award, and has conducted research and taught in Ecuador and Mexico. Most recently, her research in Zacatecas, Mexico, focused on the increasing number of immigrants voluntarily returning or forced to return to their community of origin as a result of the United States’ lack of immigration reform and economic recession.  She is the co-editor of the Handbook of Latinos and Education, which the Critics Choice Award in 2010 from the American Educational Studies Association and the author of Women Who Stay Behind: Pedagogies of Survival in Rural Transmigration Mexico [University of Arizona Press]. She has published over 25 peer-reviewed publications in scholarly venues, has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Latinos and Education since 2005, and collaborated with the Latino Education Advocacy Day Consortium, which works at the national level on Latino education issues.


  • PhD in Education, Culture and Society, University of Utah
  • MA in Educational Foundations and Bilingual/Bicultural Teaching Certification, California State University
  • BA in Economics/International Relations, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Areas

  • Latina Education in the US
  • Transmigrant and Transnational Issues
  • Womanist/Feminist Epistemologies and Pedagogies

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • LLSS 513 Globalization and Education
  • LTAM 500 Decolonial Thinking & Pedagogy
  • LLSS 593 Decolonialized Thinking