Dina Barajas is a PhD student in the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, where she is also an instructor of Southwest Studies. Dina received her BA in Women’s Studies at California State University, Long Beach in 2006, and her MA in American Indian Studies, and MS in Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Her areas of study include: Critical Indigenous, and Critical Regionalism and Southwest Studies. Her research interests include: the commonalities among Indigenous peoples of Native American and Mexican American heritage within the American Southwest, with a focus on indigenous women/mestizas; issues of indigeneity, mixed-race status, identity, gender, and hybridity; Indigenous worldviews and lifeways; the significance of women in Indigenous societies; and decolonial and borderlands theories.
She is the recipient of the Ida Romero Scholarship (2013); the University of Arizona, Graduate Tuition Award (2006-2012); Ashton W. Welch Student Travel Award (2011); the University of Arizona, Association for Women Faculty Award (2011); Roberti Helen Scholarship (2009/2010); Ronald E. McNair Scholarship (2005); and the Associated Students of Citrus College Scholarship (2002), among others. Her publications include: contributing essays in Undocumented Immigrants in the United States [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of Their Experience, editor, Anna Ochoa O’leary, published by ABC-CLIO/Greenwood (2014); “Vignettes of the Brown Experience,” published by truth-out.org (2013); “Zitkala-Ša and Wendy Rose: Romantic Imagery Appealing to the Masses,” published by ABC-CLIO/Greenwood (2012); and “Women’s Role in the Pursuit of Sovereignty and Self-Determination for the Hopi Nation,” published by the McNair Journal (2006).