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 uses cultural analysis and critical ethnography to expose dominant norms and structures that marginalize subordinate groups and ways of knowing, and to uncover the cultural knowledge and resistance strategies of marginalized communities, especially (im)migrant women, families, and youth. Her research investigates the cultural learning and citizenship practices that occur in transnational communities, particularly among young people growing up in the Latino 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 diaspora youth in her research, exploring ways that the research can support their own processes of inquiry, self-definition and belonging. 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.