Viridiana Vidaña Matus

Liberal Arts Building
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Viridiana Vidaña Matus
Lecturer, Languages and Linguistics

Dr. Vidaña is a person with love, hope, passion and people at heart. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, with a minor on secondary education for modern language majors, and a masters’ in Latin American literature. She also attained a PhD in Teaching, Learning and Culture with a focus on literacy and biliteracy from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She is certified by the Texas State Board of Education as a Spanish EC-12 educator. Has over twelve years of teaching experience, a lot of enthusiasm, and an immense desire to impact the life of her students. Her master’s thesis topic was the vindication of the indigenous in Argentina based on Calfucurá: La conquista de Pampa (1956) by Argentine writer Arístides Gandolfi Herrero, with emphasis on identity construction in the 19th century, silence, and symbolic violence. Her doctoral thesis centered on identities and language ideologies specifically with a theoretical lens of identities and identity formations as dynamic and contextual within and across social processes as well as a theoretical view of coloniality/modernity. Dr. Vidana’s research focuses on Spanish heritage language learners (SHLLs), language ideologies and coloniality/modernity.


  1. Curriculum and instruction
  2. Coloniality/Modernity
  3. Empowerment education
  4. Identity
  5. Language ideologies
  6. Language use and Language learning
  7. Literacy/biliteracy
  8. Multicultural Education
  9. Online learning
  10. Silence
  11. Spanish Heritage Language Learners
  12. Symbolic violence