Mayte de la Piedra

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Mayte de la Piedra
Associate Professor, Teacher Education

Dr. de la Piedra is a Latina Educational Anthropologist and Bilingual Educator. Her research draws from the fields of Educational Anthropology, Bilingual Education, and Literacy Studies to explore language and literacy practices in diverse settings where physical and metaphorical borders are crossed. Her ethnography in the Peruvian Andes with Quechua Indigenous communities analyzes the literacy practices in Quechua and Spanish occurring in a variety of settings, including in and out-of-school contexts. In addition, she studies the language and literacy practices of Mexican transnationals and transfronterizos. She documents the rich, multiple, and complex ways in which children on the US-Mexico border use their knowledge of two languages, nations, educational contexts, and cultures in their everyday lives. In addition, Dr. de la Piedra documents the ways in which transfronterizos use their cultural and linguistic resources in order to participate meaningfully in the dual language classroom. Her publications inform the educational community with both research findings and alternative instructional approaches to biliteracy.


  1. Border Pedagogies
  2. Community Engaged Scholarship
  3. Dual Language Education
  4. Educational anthropology
  5. Ethnography
  6. Indigenous Education


  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  2. Global Enterprise & Border Studies
  3. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues
  4. Other