T. Mark Montoya, Ph.D.

Director and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, Northern Arizona University


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T. Mark Montoya, Ph.D. is Director and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northern Arizona University (NAU). A first-generation college student, Montoya attended New Mexico State University (NMSU), where he received a BA in History and a MA in Government. He moved to Arizona to pursue a PhD in Political Science at NAU, which he completed with Distinction in 2009. Montoya’s scholarship centers broadly on the US-Mexico borderlands, borderlands pedagogy, citizenship, Ethnic Studies, Latinx Studies, DACA, Hip Hop, and first-generation student experiences. At NAU, Montoya is most involved with the First-generation Learning Community, the Teaching Academy, and the Commission on Ethnic Diversity. He also serves as President-elect of the Association for Borderlands Studies, chair of the Northern Arizona Dream Fund, and is on the editorial board for the Journal of First-generation Student Success. His awards include the “Government Department Star” of the College of Arts and Sciences at NMSU (2020), the Victoria Foundation’s Outstanding Latinx Faculty Service/Teaching in Arizona Higher Education Award (2019), NAU Commencement Speaker for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2016), NAU College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Teacher of the Year (2015), NAU Outstanding Advocate Award for First-Generation College Students (2013), and the NAU President’s Award for Ethnic Diversity (2012). He is most grateful for his partner Katy and to their dog Maya.


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Arizona

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Latinx and First-gen

The presenter will draw attention to Latinx identities and their intersections with first-generation student identities.

First-gen as borderlands

The presenter will draw attention to the border-crossing experiences of first-generation students and the many borderlands that inform their journeys.

Race/ism and First-gen

The presenter will draw attention to race/ethnicity and the racism many first-generation students face.

First-gen through Hip Hop Pedagogy

The presenter will draw attention to Hip Hop Pedagogy that inform the experiences of first-generation students.


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