Dr. Dulcinea Lara

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley 2006
Office: BD 108
Phone: 575-646-3649


Curriculum Vitae: CV-DLara-Fall-2016.pdf


Dr. Dulcinea Lara is currently an associate professor in the Criminal Justice department at New Mexico State University. Before that, she was an assistant professor in the university’s History department for three years. She earned her doctorate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. There, she was a Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship recipient as well as a Bancroft Fellow.

Her research frames include cultural studies and critical race theory, with an emphasis in Chicano history as well as an interest in topics of identity formation processes and theories, visual cultural markers of identity formation practices, cultural geography and spatial analysis. Currently, her main projects include work on a manuscript titled, “Revisiting the Land of Enchantment: Race and Tourism in New Mexico” and an article titled, “Deciphering Efficacy: Immigrant Advocacy Strategy in a Time of Domestic Despair.” She also completed a short documentary titled “This Land” that documents ICE raids and the consequences for families residing in the communities abutting her university. This documentary has been shown in stages at social justice conferences as well as at the Interstate Migrant Education Council’s annual meeting in Las Cruces, New Mexico in September 2008.

Dr. Lara employs the use of critical historical interpretation to create and apply a contextual scaffolding around contemporary social issues. NMSU’s situation in the tri-state community of New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico, as well as the bi-national cache that is the U.S.-Mexico border is one that provides a wealth of opportunities for a historical-contemporary inquiry into power imbalances that ensue in abuse, the ongoing criminalization and basic racist, classist, sexist and heterosexist treatment of underrepresented populations.









Jan-Race, Representation, and Uncomfortable Truths – Dulciea Lara, Ph.D.