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Dr. Nuñez is an Assistant Professor with a specialization in Bilingual/ESL (English as a second language) Education. Her interests include: exploring Spanish-English translanguaging, bilingualism, and biliteracy; linguistic equity in educational settings; and bilingual/ESL pre-and in-service teacher education, identity, and agency. Her research focuses on recognizing the everyday cultural and linguistic resources of students of color, specifically from Latinx communities. Her work is guided by a sociocultural perspective that acknowledges the cultural contributions and knowledge that students, families, and communities of color bring into schools that can leverage academic learning. Furthermore, her research is grounded on the premise that an understanding of these everyday practices can inform and advance curricular and instructional developments that counter subtractive schooling approaches that continue to marginalize students and communities of color. Her work has been published in journals such as Language Arts, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, and Journal of Latinos and Education. She has also received the 2023 Early Career Scholar Award from AERA Language and Social Processes SIG. 

Research Interests

Dr. Nuñez’s research interests include: exploring translanguaging, bilingualism, and biliteracy; linguistic equity in educational settings; and bilingual/ESL pre- and in-service teacher education, identity, and agency. Her research focuses on recognizing the everyday cultural and linguistic resources of students of color, specifically from Latinx communities. Her work is guided by a sociocultural perspective which acknowledges the cultural contributions and knowledge that students, families, and communities of color bring into schools that can be used to leverage academic learning. Her research is grounded on the premise that an understanding of these everyday practices can inform and advance curricular and instructional developments that counter subtractive schooling approaches that continue to marginalize students and communities of color.
Dr. Nuñez’s current research projects include:
(1) Exploring ways Latinx transnational bilingual children navigate spaces through translanguaging
(2) Exploring home and community language and literacy practices of Latinx transnational families on and beyond the U.S.-México borderlands
(3) Exploring the bilingual and biliterate identities of preservice teachers

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