The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

2021 Core Faculty

Dr. Rachel V. González-Martin
Assistant Professor, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. González-Martin holds a Ph.D. in Folklore & Ethnomusicology from Indiana University. Her research focuses on the verbal and material traditions of communities coming-of-age in the American Latino Diaspora. Her work looks at personal-experience-narratives, body art, materiality and self-portraiture with regard to gender, sexual identities, race, and socioeconomic status. Her teaching interests include courses on Latino expressive culture across the U.S., engaged ethnographic fieldwork, and Critical Latino Folkloristics.  She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the intersection of consumer citizenship and Latino identity in the 21st century titled, Coming Out Latina: Quinceañera Style and Latina/o Consumer Identities.

Dr. Nancy Lopez

Dr. Nancy López
Director and Co-Founder, Institute for Study of "Race" & Social Justice, RWJF Center for Health Policy
Department of Sociology, The University of New Mexico

Nancy López, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico, cofounded and directs the Institute for the Study of "Race" and Social Justice at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy. She is also the founding coordinator of the New Mexico Statewide Race, Gender, Class Data Policy Consortium and the founding Principal investigator for a Community Based Participatory Research Ethnic Studies Education and Health Research Practice Partnership in Albuquerque Public Schools.

The daughter of Dominican immigrants, Dr. López was born in Manhattan and raised in public housing.
Dr. López's scholarship, teaching and service are guided by the insights of intersectionality. Her work interrogates race, gender, class and ethnicity as overlapping systems of inequality across a variety of social outcomes (e.g., education, health, employment, housing), and aims to develop contextualized solutions that advance social justice.

Dr. López is actively involved in conversations with the U.S. Census Bureau and the Office of Management and Budget about the importance of a data infrastructure that supports civil rights monitoring and enforcement for vulnerable visible minorities. She is also collaborating with the AfroLatin@ Forum in New York City to conduct a study of AfroLatin@s in NYC. Her books include Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education (Routledge, 2003) and Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research (Rutgers, 2013).  She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from the City University of New York. 

Dr. Rubén Parra-Cardona
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

Rubén Parra-Cardona, Ph.D, comes to the Steve Hicks School of Social Work from Michigan State University, where he was an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Social Science; and the associate director of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. He was funded by NIMH to investigate the treatment efficacy and relevance of two versions of an evidence-based parenting intervention culturally adapted for Latino families with young children. He is currently funded by NIDA to extend this line of research to Latino families with adolescent children. He is the recipient of the 2013 American Family Therapy Academy Early Career Award for his innovative work on cultural adaptation research. He has a wealth of experience on research collaborations across the U.S.-Mexico border, and is currently vice-president of the Family Process Institute, a member of the board of directors of the Centro de Investigación Familiar (a leading family therapy institute in Mexico and in Latin America), and a clinical faculty member and researcher in the Instituto Regional de Estudios de la Familia (a leading family therapy institute in northern Mexico).

 Richard Reddick HeadshotDr. Richard Reddick
Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement, and Outreach, College of Education
Assistant Director, Plan II Honors Program, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Reddick earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1998 and 2007, respectively. While a graduate student, Dr. Reddick worked closely with the School Leadership Program, helping to train teacher leaders, principals, and school developers, and also served as a School Director with Teach For America, training corps members. Additionally, Dr. Reddick edited the Harvard Educational Review and was a co-founder of the Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC), a convening of scholars and practitioners focused on the educational experiences of scholars and students of color, now in its fifteenth year. Dr. Reddick was selected as Class Marshal of the Graduate School of Education at the 372nd Harvard University Commencement.

Dr. Reddick served as the 2013 co-chair of the Faculty, Curriculum, and Teaching section for the Division J (Postsecondary Education) Program Committee for the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Reddick conducts ethnographic research on the experiences of faculty of color in predominantly White university settings, mentoring relationships in higher education, Black families in American society, and work-family balance in junior faculty fathers. Dr. Reddick’s research has been highlighted on NPR, the Associated Press, PBS, the BBC, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and he regularly presents his research at the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Dr. Reddick has published articles in the top journals in education, and is the co-author and co-editor of four books. In addition to these scholarly activities, Dr. Reddick is a Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! champion, husband to Sherry, and most importantly, dad to a 12- and 10-year old. Dr. Reddick is the board chair of Montessori For All, the first public Montessori school in East Austin, and serves on the Austin Regional Board for IDEA Public Schools. He is a proud graduate of Department of Defense Dependent Schools and the former Johnston High School in East Austin.