andrea dyrness
Associate Professor
EFPP: Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice

School of Education, Room 213
University of Colorado Boulder
249 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309


Andrea Dyrness is an Associate Professor in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice. As an anthropologist of education, she studies education as a cultural process that takes place in and out of schools, and is particularly interested in how young people learn to become critical, active citizens. Her research investigates the cultural learning and citizenship practices that occur in transnational communities, particularly among young people growing up in the Latinx diaspora, between Latin American and Caribbean countries of origin and United States and European countries of settlement. In multiple sites in Central America, the United States, and Spain, she has examined how diaspora young people craft their own identities and learn to belong, participate, and work for change in multiple national communities. Along with critical ethnography, Andrea uses participatory action research methodologies to partner with im/migrant women and youth in her research, exploring ways that the research can support their own processes of inquiry, self-definition and belonging. She is the author of Mothers United: An Immigrant Struggle for Socially Just Education (Univ of Minnesota Press, 2011), and several articles in Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, and other journals. Her teaching and research reflect her broad interest in bringing a cross-cultural comparative perspective to the study of how people build and use knowledge for social change. Andrea taught from 2005-2017 at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and has held fellowships and appointments in El Salvador (1998-99 and 2008-09), Spain (2013-14), and Denmark (2014).


PhD, University of California at Berkeley, Social and Cultural Studies in Education, Dec. 2004

MA, University of California at Berkeley, Social and Cultural Studies in Education, 2001

B.A., Brown University, Anthropology & Educational Studies, 1995.