Honors and Recognition
2020, AERA Fellow (American Educational Research Association)2020, CEHS Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Career Award (College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)2019, Fulbright Garcia-Robles ‘U.S. Scholar’ Award (Tijuana Mexico).2019, CPED David G. Imig Distinguished Service Award. Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.2018, AERA Division G Henry T. Trueba Award for Research Leading to the Transformation of Social Contexts of Education. American Education Research Association. (Joint winner with Dr. Víctor Zúñiga and Dr. Juan Sánchez García)2018, Lincoln [Neb.] Education Association (LEA) Spotlight Award. (Teachers union award “to honor and recognize those in our community who help shine a positive light on our great schools, teachers, and programs.”)2017, CEHS Faculty Student Mentoring Award. College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2015, Anthropology in Public Policy Award, American Anthropological Association2014, Leslie Hewes Award for the best social sciences article in "Great Plains Research," Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2010, Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2010, Faculty Leadership Award, Faculty Leadership in Writing Initiative, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2008, College of Education and Human Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award2001, Outstanding Dissertation in Anthropology and Education Award given by the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) of the American Anthropological Association (AAA)2001, CORI Award for "Theorizing the Sojourner Student (With a Sketch of Appropriate School Responsiveness)."
2014 to present, Professor, Dept. of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2009 to 2014, Associate Professor, Dept. of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2008 to present, Book Series Co-Editor, “Education Policy in Practice: Critical Cultural Studies.” Information Age Press2004 to present, Associated Researcher and Visiting Professor, Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios de Educación y Superación de Pobreza (CIESESP), Universidad de Monterrey, San Pedro, NL, Mexico2005-2009, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1999-2005, Research and Evaluation Specialist, The Education Alliance at Brown University1998-1999, Temporary Assistant Professor, Dept. of Educational Psychology—Research Evaluation Measurement Statistics (REMS)—University of Georgia1996-1998, Instructor, Georgia State University1997, Associate Instructor, ELS Language Academy1995-1996, Summer school teacher and program assistant, Turner Middle School, Philadelphia, PA1995, Ph.D. Internship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO1993-1994, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Kansas1991-1993, Family Reading Coordinator, Harvest America Corporation, Kansas City, KS
American Anthropological Association (AAA) -Executive Board, Treasurer (2012-2018) -Council on Anthropology and Education (President-elect 2019-20; President 2020-21; Past President 2021-22) -Society for Urban, National, and Transnational Anthropology (SUNTA)American Educational Research Association (AERA) -Social Context of Education (Division G) -Educational Policy and Politics (Division L) -Latina/o/x Research Issues (SIG #46)Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) -Council of Delegates, Chair-elect (2019-21); Chair (2021-23Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)Latin American Studies Association (LASA)Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)