Professor Enrique Sepulveda
Assistant Professor
Chicanx / Latinx Studies

Office Location: Ketchum 148

Pronouns: he / him / his



Ph.D., University of California, Davis - Education, 2007
B.A., California State University - Liberal Studies (with Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Emphasis), 1988

Research Interests

Migration and Border Studies in Global Latinx communities; Social theory, Critical ethnography and Youth participatory action research (YPAR); Education, equity and social justice oriented school reform; Critical literacy and pedagogy

I am the son of Mexican migrant workers from the Texas/Mexican border and in my early career I worked as a bilingual classroom teacher and school principal in the northern California central valley. These experiences have shaped my lens and motivations to interrogate, examine and dismantle dominant structures, narratives and practices around culture, race and language that serve to marginalize and keep people from realizing their full humanity. I have centered my research projects in Latinx communities and schools heavily impacted by global migration in northern California, San Salvador, El Salvador, and Madrid, Spain.  My research examines how Latinx peoples, youth and their families, negotiate from the bottom up global migration, citizenship, belonging and complex identity formation processes in the context of severe inequality and structural constraints within sending and receiving contexts of transnational migration circuits.  My work seeks to understand and develop methodologies and pedagogies that facilitate a deeper understanding of the complex, liminal lives of migrant youth and community.

Selected Publications


Dyrness, A. & Sepúlveda, E. (2020). Border Thinking: Latinx Youth Decolonizing Citizenship. University of Minnesota Press.

Overmyer-Velázquez, M. & Sepúlveda, E. (2018). Global Latin(o) Americanos: Transoceanic Diasporas and Regional Migrations. New York: Oxford University Press (History of the Americas Series).

Refereed Articles

Sepúlveda, E.  (2018). Border Brokers: Teachers and Undocumented Mexican Students in Search of Acompañamiento.  Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education Journal.

Sepúlveda, E. Co-author (2018). Preface and Conclusion, Global Latin(o) Americanos: Transoceanic Diasporas and Regional Migrations. New York: Oxford University Press (History of the Americas Series).

Dyrness, A. & Sepúlveda, E. (2018). Between ‘Here’ and ‘There’: Transnational Latino/a Youth in Madrid. In Global Latin(o) Americanos: Transoceanic Diasporas and Regional Migrations, eds. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez & Enrique Sepúlveda.  New York/London: Oxford University Press.

Sepúlveda, E.  Guest Editor.  (Fall, 2015). Special Edition of LASA Forum, Global Latin(o) Americanos: Transoceanic Diasporas and Regional Migrations. Vol. XLVI, No. 4. 

Dyrness, A. & Sepúlveda, E.  (Spring, 2015).  Education and the Production of Diasporic Citizens in El Salvador. Harvard Educational Review, vol. 85, No. 1. Cambridge, Mass.

Sepúlveda, E.  (2011). “Toward a Pedagogy of Acompañamiento: Mexican Migrant Youth writing from the Underside of Modernity,” in Harvard Educational Review, Special Issue on Immigration, Youth, and Education, Vol. 81, No. 3. Cambridge, Mass.

Works in Progress

Sepúlveda, E. & Poveda, D. (article manuscript in preparation).  Madrid Immigrant Youth and the Poetics of acompañamiento in the Third Space.

Book Reviews

Sepúlveda, E.  (September 14, 2011).  Book Review Essay of Mexican Americans Across Generations: Immigrant Families, Racial Realities (2011) by Jessica M.Vasquez, New York University Press, in Teachers College Record.


Sepúlveda, E. (April 7, 2014).  Viviendo en Madrid: Observaciones de una Ciudadanía Diversa y Desigual.  In Diagonal (online newspaper in Madrid, Spain)

Also found in: Migraciones, Reflexiones Cívicas: Blog Madrid, (April 10, 2014), ed. Dr. Juan Carlos Velasco.

Sepúlveda, E.  (September, 17, 2012).  “Overcoming Deficit Thinking.” Connecticut (CT) News Junkie, Op-Ed. 

Sepúlveda, E.  (August 13, 2008). “Immigrants Are a Part of Us.”  Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT.


Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Connecticut Educator of Educators Award at the GLSEN Proud Ally Awards in Hartford, CT. October 29, 2016

Honorable Mention in Post-Graduate Program on Global Migration at Jesuit Universidad Centroamericana José Simión Cañas, in San Salvador, El Salvador. March, 2009

University of California, Davis Dissertation Fellowship. Spring, 2005-06


English & Spanish (mother tongue): Full verbal and written proficiency.

Professional Associations

American Anthropological Association
Council of Anthropology and Education
Association of Latino & Latina Anthropologists