Border Thinking: The cultural knowledge of transnational youth

Photograph of Author Andrea Dyrness

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King Hall 1301 (School of Law) and Zoom

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Speaker: Andrea Dyrness, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice, University of Colorado-Boulder


Andrea Dyrness is an anthropologist of education whose areas of interest include education and citizenship in Latin America and transnational Latinx migrant communities in the U.S. and Spain.


Motivated by her own experience as a transnational Costa Rican-American, her research investigates how young people growing up in transnational communities, particularly in Latin American and Caribbean diasporas, learn to belong, participate and work for change in multiple national communities, and the spaces and practices that support their critical citizenship formation. Andrea will present on her latest book, Border Thinking: Latinx Youth Decolonizing Citizenship (University of Minnesota Press, 2020, co-authored with Enrique Sepúlveda), which was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Book Award by the Council on Anthropology and Education of the American Anthropological Association and the 2021 Society for Humanist Sociology Book Award Honorable Mention. Dr. Dyrness is also the author of Mothers United: An Immigrant Struggle for Socially Just Education (Univ of Minnesota Press, 2011), and has published in Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, and other journals.

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