Claudia Holguín Mendoza
Department: Hispanic Studies
Rank: Assistant Professor
# of years at UCR: 2.5 years
Top three texts I would take to a desert island: “Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico: Photographs,” “The Tao Te Ching,” and “The Dispossessed” by Ursula Le Guin.
Favorite things to do: Hiking and gardening.
Something people might be amazed to know about me: I can cook very tasty food.
An “adventure” I am looking forward to, post-pandemic… Traveling!
Theme songs: Betty Davis as an inspiration.
Learn more about Claudia’s work at pedagogiascriticas.ucr.edu
Q: My research agenda summed up in one sentence:
I study the intersectional relationship between language, race, class, and gender in the Mexican borderlands and Mexico, as well as Critical Pedagogies in higher education.
Q: What do you hope to learn from studying these relationships?
I want to develop practical and concrete ways to increase our critical awareness about race, class, gender, ability and other social constructs inside and outside the classroom.
Q: What experiences led you to this research focus?
I was a volunteer teacher for adult literacy in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, while I was a college student in the late 90s. Since then, I have personally witnessed how Critical Pedagogies work by empowering students.
Q: What are you working on currently?
I am so excited about my current collaboration with a wonderful group of Mexican women scholars developing Critical Pedagogies for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Mexican university students.
Q: What do you love about your work in higher education ….and what would you change if you could?
I love teaching and collaborating on exciting projects, but I would change assessment. I would like to change how we evaluate our students and how we assess faculty’s work as well.
Q: Any favorite resources to share?
“English with an Accent: Language, Ideology and Discrimination in the United States” by Rosina Lippi-Green.
Q: What advice would you give to new teachers/instructors?
Create an intimate safe space to share personal experiences that can potentially impact student’s learning more than any particular lesson plan.