Dr. Nicholas Natividad


Associate Professor

Ph.D. Arizona State University

MSt. University of Oxford

M.A. State University of New York

B.A. St. Thomas Aquinas College


Office: BD 104
Phone: 575-646-4661



Dr. Nicholas D. Natividad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. His teaching and research interests focus on civil and human rights. His scholarship is theoretically based and focuses on transnational and local community practices of human rights informed by indigenous and post-colonial methodologies that address inequality, crime, and violence. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University in Belfast Ireland.

He is the co-creator of the museum exhibit Pasos Ajenos: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands, an art and cultural exhibit that focuses on regional issues of justice as they pertain to identity, environment, history, immigration, human rights, and law. 

He is a former Dean’s Fellow in the College of Education at NMSU and a former Fellow in the New Leadership Academy at the University of Michigan. He is a huge advocate for community engagement initiatives and believes education should offer outlets for students to learn from and give back to their communities.

Areas of Interest: Human Rights, Border Studies, Immigration, and Peace & Conflict Studies



Undergraduate & Graduate Courses 

CJ 303 Introduction to Criminological Theory

CJ 414/514 Race, Crime and Justice

CJ 425/525 Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice

CJ 428/528 Mexican American and Issues of Social Justice

CJ 429/529 Immigration and Justice

CJ 432/532 Human Rights

CJ 451 Border Violence and Justice


Selected Publications: 


Sovereignty, Economy, and Human Rights Along the U.S.-Mexico Border, in progress. 

Book Chapters 

  • Natividad, N. (2023) “Understanding Human Rights along the U.S.-Mexico Border through a Decolonial Lens” in Decolonized Approaches to Human Rights and Social Work. Springer Press
  • Posadas, C.E., Glasner, A.T., Natividad, N.D., Keys, D. (2020) “Connecting Theory to Criminal Justice Research” in Criminal Justice Research Methods. Kendall Hunt Publishing
  • Posadas, C.E., Glasner, A.T., Natividad, N., Keys, D. (2020) “Decolonizing Methodologies and the Future of Criminal Justice Research” in Criminal Justice Research Methods. Kendall Hunt Publishing
  • Sanchez, G. & Natividad, N. (2017) “Reframing Migrant Smuggling as a Form of Knowledge: A View from the U.S.-Mexico Border” in Border Politics. Springer Publishing. 

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Natividad, N.D. & Sanchez, G. (Under review, 2023) “Coyotaje as Epistemology: Decolonizing Facilitation of Irregular Migration along the U.S.-Mexico B/order” in Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order.
  • Garcia, G. & Natividad, N.D. (2018) “Decolonizing Leadership: Towards Equity and Justice at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs (eHSIs)” in Journal of Transformative Leadership & Policy Studies.
  • Natividad, N. (2014) “The Walking of Words: Third World Feminism and the Reimagining of Resistance by Indigenous Communities” in AlterNative: International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, Volume 10, Issue 3, pgs. 232-247

Museum Exhibits 

Lara, D., Natividad, N., Aguilera, D. (2017). Pasos Ajenos: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands

  • Oct. 6, 2017 – Jan. 6, 2018, Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, NM
  • Mar. 12, 2022 – Jun. 25, 2022, Bernalillo Community Museum, Bernalillo, NM
  • 13, 2022 – Mar. 4, 2022, University of Texas at El Paso Centennial Museum, El Paso, TX


In the News

NMSU professors’ interactive exhibit tackles social justice issues

Match steps and break borders at ‘Pasos Ajenos’

Interactive virtual art exhibit unveils the history of social justice issues on the border

John Jay’s LLS Department hosts a Lecture on the El Paso Tragedy 

Religious leaders stand with migrants at the border

NMSU pilots Borderlands and Ethnic Studies program 

Exhibit on social justice, inequalities in the Borderlands opens at Branigan Cultural Center

Report on Human Rights Violations to be Released in Las Cruces

NMSU’s Natividad to speak on The Borderlands Tuesday

NMSU forum discusses controversial statues in modern America

How students are overcoming the nation’s education inequality

Nepantla helps minority, low-income students graduate at Nevada State College

First-generation college graduate says Nepantla Program ‘saved my life’

Nepantla Scholars navigate the ‘in-between’ at Nevada State College


Fronteras 725: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands