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Assistant Professor • Faculty Director of the Speculative Fabulation Lab
Learning Sciences & Human Development

Miramontes Baca Education Building, Room 400E
University of Colorado Boulder
249 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

José Ramón Lizárraga is Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Human Development and Affiliated Faculty in LGBT Studies as well as the Department of Information Science. As a learning scientist, José uses data analytics, ethnographic, video, and multimodal research methods to investigate the role of emergent technologies, social networks, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, television and other digital new media in the learning of teachers and youth. Currently, their work examines the cyborg collaborative practices of teachers and adolescents at the intersection of virtual and in-person terrains of practice. They are faculty director of the Speculative Fabulation Lab.

Lizárraga is an experienced award-winning designer and instructor of hybrid/blended (online/in-person) and online undergraduate and graduate teacher education courses. José is also a practicing visual/digital artist and musician. They serve as Senior Advisor for the Algorithmic Justice League. Lizárraga also currently serves as a Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded project examining how to support Black and Brown girls in Computer Science disciplines.

José is also parent and creator of celebrity multiple Webby Award-winning chihuahua RuPawl, the world’s first Doggie Drag Queen.

Dr. Lizárraga is currently on leave from CU Boulder and is a Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley.

Lizárraga, J. R. (2023). Cyborg sociopolitical reconfigurations: Designing for speculative fabulation in learning. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 32(1), 21-44.

Cortez, A., Lizárraga, J. R., & Castro, A. (2023). Interrogating the notion of giving voice: designing for polyphony in game-based learning ecologies. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 1-13.

Cortez, A., McKoy, A., & Lizárraga, J. R. (2022). The Future of YoungBlacktivism: Aesthetics and Practices of Speculative Activism in Video Game Play. Journal of futures studies, 26(3).

Lizárraga, J. R., & Cortez, A. (2020). Cyborg jotería pedagogies: Latinx drag queens leveraging communication ecologies in the age of the digital and social displacement. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 14(2), 44-66.

Gutierrez, K. D., Higgs, J., Lizarraga, J. R., & Rivero, E. (2019). Learning as movement in social design-based experiments: Play as a leading activity. Human Development, 62(1-2), 66-82.

Gutiérrez, K. D., Becker, B. L., Espinoza, M. L., Cortes, K. L., Cortez, A., Lizárraga, J. R., ... & Yin, P. (2019). Youth as historical actors in the production of possible futures. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 26(4), 291-308.

Lizárraga, J. R., & Gutiérrez, K. D. (2018). Centering Nepantla literacies from the borderlands: Leveraging “in-betweenness” toward learning in the everyday. Theory Into Practice, 57(1), 38-47.

Lizárraga, J. R., Hull, G. A., & Scott, J. M. (2015). Translingual literacies in a social media age: Lessons learned from youth’s transnational communication online. In Multilingual learners and academic literacies (pp. 117-144). Routledge.