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Daniel Diaz Reyes Ph.D., J.D.

Educational Studies Faculty

Daniel Diaz Reyes teaches in the Education Studies concentration of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at Union Institute and University.  He holds a professional background in Anthropology, Education, Ethnic Studies and Law.  His sense of community is based on the Afro-Indigenous people of Costa Chica and Nahuatl speakers of southern Mexico and the diaspora.

Daniel Diaz Reyes has over 23 years of experience in the field of education; teaching in multiple settings, ranging from elementary to university classrooms.  His approach towards education is community-based, where relationships are accessed under the guidance that 1) everyone knows more than they are given credit for and 2)  people have personally experienced the things they care about professionally and as such works to highlight the diverse sources of knowledge to challenge inequality.

Current research concentrates on pedagogical management, politics of schooling, and curriculum design to support the implementation of liberatory projects in education.  His projects address education systems as sites of social reproduction to examine transnationalism, human movements, and youth culture with a focus on Black, Brown, Chicana, Latinx and Indigenous communities.  Daniel Diaz Reyes is committed to actions that build spaces for positive cultural, educational, and creative community growth.

Areas of Research:

Education–Pedagogy Theory and Praxis, Hidden Curriculum, Social Justice Movements, Community Cultural Capital, Education Testimonies, and Liberatory Knowledge

Anthropology-School Systems, Youth Culture, Urban Studies Transnational Migration,
Race Deconstruction, Pan-Ethnicity, and Identity Studies

Ethnic Studies-Black and Brown Studies, Chicana Studies, Indigenous Studies, Decolonial Theory

Law-Education Law and Discourse, Critical Race Theory, Civil Rights and Citizenship

Media- Community radio, public affairs programming, and online communication, podcast. www.Dreport.org