Anita Fernandez | Prescott College

Anita Fernandez

Ph.D, in Language, Reading & Culture, University of Arizona
Academic Statement

Dr. Fernández’s areas of teaching and research include social justice education, Ethnic Studies and teacher education.  As a former high school English teacher in Tucson, she is devoted to preparing activist teachers who are both compassionate and critical and put their students’ lives at the center of their curriculum.  Dr. Fernández is locally and nationally involved in community and professional organizations that focus on Latinx rights, social justice activism, critical pedagogy and transformative teacher education. Her publications include works in Equity & Excellence in Education, Multicultural Education, Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education, Journal of Association of Mexican American Educators and Rethinking Schools among others.

Dr. Fernández is currently the Assistant Dean of Prescott College, Tucson, and the Director of the online graduate program in Social Justice and Community Organizing. She is the co-founder and Director of the Xicanx Institute for Teaching & Organizing (, an urban education consulting collective, and the co-founder of La Tierra Community School (, a K-8 Expeditionary Learning school in Prescott.  Dr. Fernández is based in Tucson, AZ.


Ph.D., University of Arizona, Language, Reading and Culture, 2001. 

M.A. University of Arizona, Teaching and Teacher Education, 1997. 

B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder, English, 1990.


Fernández, A. (forthcoming). Decolonizing professional development: A rehumanizing approach. Equity & Excellence In Education.

Fernández, A. (2019). Counterstorytelling and decolonial pedagogy: The Xicanx Instiute for Teaching and Organizing (XITO). "Rethinking Schools Ethnic Studies Anthology". Rethinking Schools.

Fernández, A. (2016). Resistance and Resilience in Tucson: The Xican@ Institute for Teaching and Organizing (XITO) as a Form of Resistance and Liberation. " White" Washing American Education [2 Volumes]: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies, 239.

 Fernandez, A. (2016). Construir y No Destruir (Build and Do Not Destroy): Tucson Resisting. Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, (26).

Arce, S. & Fernández, A. (2014).  Barrio Pedagogy: Praxis Within the Tucson Social Justice Education Semester. Regeneración: The Association of Raza Educators Journal. 5(1), 4-11.

Fernández, A. & Hammer, Z. (2013).  Red Scare in the Red State: The Attack on Mexican-American Studies in Arizona and Opportunities for Building National Solidarity.  Journal of the Association of Mexican American Educators. 6(1).

Fernández, A. (2011). "Whitening Arizona: Teacher Education In a Time of War Against Our Students" (Winter 2010-2011).  Rethinking Schools.

Fernández, A. (2009). Reconfiguring the borderlands of identity: Preparing social justice educators.  Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education, 4 (1).

Wong, P. & Fernández, A. (2008).  Sustaining Ourselves under Stressful Times: Strategies to Assist Multicultural Educators.  Multicultural Education, 15 (3).  

Fernández, A. (2003).  Autobiography in Multicultural, Anti-Racist Education: Three Case Studies. Teaching & Learning: The Journal of Natural Inquiry and Reflective Practice, 18(1).

Elsbree, A.R., Fernández, A.E. & Wong, P. (2004). Beyond It’s Elementary: Practices to Disrupt Homophobia in Teacher Education Courses. EdChange.

Fernández, A.E. & Wong, P. (2003). Global Service-Learning: A Central Asian Perspective. The Generator: Journal of Service-Learning and Youth Leadership, 21 (3).

Coverage in News & Media

Interview on Mexican-American Studies on Asia Pacific Radio: