Dr. Cynthia Bejarano
Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies/Gender & Sexuality Studies
PI: College Assistant Migrant Program
Office: Breland Hall, Rm. 257A
Education: Ph.D. Arizona State University, School of Justice Studies (Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the School of Justice Studies) August 2001
Research: Dr. Bejarano, a native of Anthony, NM, received her BA and MA from New Mexico State University, and her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. State University, and her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. After she completed her Ph.D. in 2001, she joined the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University and in 2014 she joined the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Her publications and research interests focus on border violence, youth cultures, immigration issues, and gender violence at the U.S.-Mexico border. She is the author of the book “Qué Onda?” Urban Youth Cultures and Border Identity, published by the University of Arizona Press in 2005 and the co-editor of an interdisciplinary anthology with Rosa-Linda Fregoso entitled Terrorizing Women: A Cartography of Feminicide in the Américas published by Duke University Press in 2010. This anthology is also published in Spanish by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, which includes work from scholars, activists, and attorneys from across the Americas. In addition to these larger book projects, she has 21 single and co-authored articles, essays, and chapters in journals and books like Frontiers; Aztlan, Race and Ethnic Studies; Criminology and Public Policy, Violence and the Body, and the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal.
Community Involvement: Dr. Bejarano is also a dedicated community activist and teacher. She is the principal investigator for a multi-million dollar, federally and state funded program, which assists the children of farm workers seeking to attend the University. The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) has helped 349 students attend college. In addition, she was the co-founder of Amigos de las Mujeres de Juarez, an organization working with Mexican women’s rights organizations to end the violence against women in Chihuahua, Mexico and the borderlands.
Teaching: Dr. Bejarano teaches numerous courses on gender and violence, social justice issues in the US-Mexico borderlands, women and the criminal justice system, and gender and human rights. For her dedication in and outside of the classroom she has received the Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. For her collective efforts in teaching, research, and service, she received the 2010 Annual Governors Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women, the Stan Fulton College of Arts and Sciences Endowed Chair in 2010, and the Critical Educators in Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group’s Community Advocacy Award in 2011, which is a Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. In 2014, she was named a Regents Professor, the highest honor given to a faculty member at New Mexico State University.
Course Taught: Women Crossing Borders
- Fregoso, RosaLinda (Coordinadora) and Cynthia Bejarano (Editors). (2011). Feminicidio en América Latina. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. Translation.
- Fregoso, RosaLinda and Cynthia Bejarano (Editors). (2010). Terrorizing Women: Feminicides in the Américas. Duke University Press.
- Bejarano, C.L. (2005). Qué Onda?: Urban Youth Cultures and Border Identity. University of Arizona Press.
- M.C. Morales, P. Prieto and C. Bejarano, « Transnational Entrepreneurs and Drug War Violence Between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso », Articulo – Journal of Urban Research [Online], 10 | 2014.
- Bejarano, C. (2013). “Memory of Struggle in Ciudad Juárez: Las Madres’ Organic Resistance, Transborder Activism and the Campo Algodonero” Aztlan: Journal of Chicana/o Studies, vol.38, No.1, pp. 189-204.
- Bejarano, C. and Malverde, M. (2012). “From the Fields to the University: Charting Educational Access Using a Community Cultural Wealth Framework.” Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, vol.6, issue 2, pp. 22-29.
- González, J. C., Vaquera, G., Bejarano, C., & Portillos, E. L. (2012). Un camino solitario! / A lonely road!: Chicana/o faculty storytelling and counter-storytelling in academia. In B. Gastic, & R. R. Verdugo (Eds.), The education of the Hispanic population: Selected essays. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, pp.255-270.
- Bejarano, C. (2012). “Falta de respeto y sistemas de justicia: perspectivas binacionales sobre violencia de género en ambos lados de la frontera de Mexico-U.S.” Diálogos Interdisciplinarios sobre Violencia Sexual. Patricia Ravelos Blancas, Hector Ruvalcaba Dominguez and Maria Laura Torres-Ruiz (Editors). Coinversión Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social-Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CIESAS-FONCA), Mexico City, Mexico, pp.119-142.
- Bejarano, C., Morales, M.C. and Said Saddiki. (2012). “A Comparative Analysis of the Mexico-U.S. and Moroccan-Spanish Regions: Understanding Conquest through a Border Lens.” Beyond Walls and Cages: Bridging Immigrant Justice and Anti-Prison Organizing. Jenna Lloyd, Matt Mitchelson, and Andrew Burridge (editors). University of Georgia Press, pp.27-41.
- Bejarano, C. and Morales, M.C. (Summer 2011). “Analyzing Conquest through a Border Lens: Vulnerable Communities at the Mexico-U.S. and Moroccan-Spanish Border Regions.” El Río Bravo Mediterráneo: Las regiones fronterizas en la época de la globalización. Natalia Ribas-Mateos (Editor). Ediciones Bellaterra: Barcelona, Spain.
- Monárrez Fragoso, Julia E. and Bejarano, C. (2010). “The Disarticulation of Justice in a Global City: Precarious Life and (Un) paradigmatic Sexual Murders in The Paso del Norte Region.” The Paso del Norte Metropolitan Region: Global Inequalities, Cities, and Citizens at the Mexico-U.S. Border. Kathleen Staudt, Julia Monárrez, and Cesar Fuentes, (Eds.). pp. 43-70. Palgrave McMillan Publishers.
- Bejarano, C. (2010). “An Academic Role in Activism.” Torn From Our Midst: Voices of Grief, Healing and Action From the Missing Indigenous Women Conference. A. Brenda Anderson, Wendee Kubik, and Mary Rucklos Hampton, Co-editors. Canadian Plains Research Center: University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
- Bejarano, C.L. (May 2007). “Senseless Deaths and Holding the Line.” Criminology & Public Policy, vol.6, no.2, pp:701-709.
- Bejarano, C.L. (2005, 2010 and 2015). “Juarez Murders.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Deena J. González and Suzanne Oboler, Co-editors. Oxford University Press
- “College Assistance Migrant Program Mid-Year Performance Reports” each year, 2002-2013 with Michelle Montano.
- “College Assistance Migrant Program Final Performance Reports” each year, 2002-2013 with Michelle Montano.
- “Barrio Libre: Criminalizing States and Delinquent Refusals of the New Frontier. By Gilberto Rosas. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012. 2014. The Americas.
- “(Re)Imagining Public Spaces and (Re)Membering through an Anti-Feminicide Lens: Families and Activists (Re)Claiming Public Spaces.” The Planners Network International Conference. June 3-7, 2014, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
- “(Re)Living Feminicide through Social Control: the Regulation of Life and Bodies through Fear and (In)Formal Social Control.” The European Association for American Studies. April 3-6, 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands.
- “Memories of Violence, the Violence of Memory: Recovering Hidden Histories of Trauma in the Borderlands.” American Studies Association. November 18-21, 2010, San Antonio, Texas.
- “Shifting the Paradigm of Feminicide Studies.” Roundtable. Latin American Studies Association, October 10-13, 2010. Toronto, Canada.
- “Border Citizenship, Belonging and Gendered Resistance.” Latin American Studies Association, October 10-13, 2010. Toronto, Canada.
- “Sustaining Dignity in the Face of Terror: Border Citizenship, Belonging and Gendered Resistance.” National Association for Chicana/Chicanos Studies, April 7-10, 2010. Seattle, Washington.
- “The Chicana/o Community and Current Criminal Justice Issues in New Mexico.” Roundtable Discussion. Western Social Science Association, April 15-18, 2009. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- “Border Crossings as Human Rights’ Work: Envisioning a ‘Just Society’ for ‘our’ Collective communities.” Texas Region 6 National Association of Multi-Cultural Education. April 9-12, 2014. Texas A&M International University. Laredo, Texas.
- “Feminicides en el Olvido,” October 4, 2013. Research on Women and Education: Advancing Women and Girls: Learning the Issues-Making an Impact. Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association meetings. Las Cruces, New Mexico.
- “Dispelling Myths and Confirming Realities: Living with Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border,” April 4, 2012. Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.
- “Terrorizing Women: Feminicide and Gender Violence at the U.S. – Mexico Borderlands” February 28, 2012. University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.
Invited Panel Presentations
- “Analyzing Conquest through a Border Lens: Vulnerable Communities at the Mexico-U.S. and Moroccan-Spanish Border Regions.” December 5, 2013. El Río Bravo Mediterráneo: Las regiones fronterizas en la época de la globalización. Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, México.
- “Memory of Struggle in Ciudad Juarez: Mothers’ Resistance and Transborder Activism in the Case of Campo Algodonero,” October 25, 2013. (UN)Silencing the Past: Narratives of Trauma in Comparative Perspective. October 24-25, 2013. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
- “Memory of Struggle in Ciudad Juarez: Mothers’ Resistance and Transborder Activism in the Campo Algodonero case.” October 25, 2013. Symposium: (UN)Silencing the Past: Narratives of Trauma in Comparative Perspective. University of New Mexico.
- “Using your Organic Leadership for Educational Survival.” February 21, 2014. “Creating a Legacy of Leaders” Soutwest HEP-CAMP Student Leadership Conference. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- “Memory of Struggle: Twenty Years of Feminicide.” November 6, 2014. 1st Binational Summit of Values and Culture of Lawlessness. New Mexico State University. Las Cruces, New Mexico.
- “Terrorizing Women: Feminicides and its Relevance to the Border.” August 25, 2013. Weaving for Justice Co-op. Las Cruces, NM.
- “Engaging Education and Community.” J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium. April 5-6, 2013. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.
- “Feminicides y lo Sagrario.” American Association of University Women. February 13, 2012, Las Cruces, NM.
- Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense (Argentine Forensic Anthropological Team). “Forensic Data Banks Meeting) (Regional Meeting on Missing Migrants and Unidentified Remains Databanks).” August 7-9, 2014. Mexico City, Mexico.
- Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense (Argentine Forensic Anthropological Team). “Encuentro Regional Sobre Migrantes No Localizados y Restos No Identificados (Regional Meeting son Missing Migrants and Unidentified Remains).” March 2-5, 2011. Mexico City, Mexico.
Honors and Awards
- Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos Tribunal Judge, 2014. Served as one of five international human rights and gender-based rights scholars serving as tribunal judges for the Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos Audiencia Final Sobre Feminicidios y Violencias de Genero in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua.
- Regents Professor, 2014. New Mexico State University’s highest faculty honor recognizing faculty for their contributions to fulfilling the land-grant mission of the institution.
- Research on Women and Education, A Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, Women Educators Leadership Award, 2013. Awarded for contributions to research and advancing and learning of the issues women and girls are impacted by.
- Critical Educators in Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group’s Community Advocacy Award, a Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, 2011. Awarded for outstanding commitment to ongoing advocacy that promotes sustainable structures for community members to advocate on their own behalf and for critical approaches to scholarship and research that serve as models for advocacy work and academic excellence.
- Critical Educators in Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group, a Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, Scholar Activist Award nominee 2011
- Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences, Summer 2010
- Recipient of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women Governor’s Award, 2010. NM Hall of Fame inductee.
- Excelencia en Academia (Excellence in Academia) Nominee, May and September 2008. NMSU CAMP has been recognized as one of the top five Latino serving programs nationwide by a Washington, D.C. based organization recognizing the achievements of organizations working toward educational opportunities for Latinos.
- Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, 2008. Teaching award based annually on data collected from current graduates from NMSU including recommendations from department heads, deans, and campus executive officers.