Dr. Nicholas Natividad

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Arizona State University
Office: BD 104
Phone: 575-646-4661


Curriculum Vitae: Natividad-CV-2016.pdf



Dr. Nicholas D. Natividad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. He received his Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University with concentration on issues of social justice in crime and law. His research and teaching interests include: borderland studies, race and identity studies, indigenous jurisprudence, immigration, and diversity in higher education scholarship. He currently serves as a Dean’s Fellow in the College of Education at NMSU and is a 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. He is the co-founder and former Director of the Nepantla Program which serves underrepresented, first-generation college students and works with high school educators, students, family members, and administrators to establish a college-bound culture in the community.



Undergraduate Courses 

CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJ 303 Introduction to Criminological Theory

CJ 414 Race, Crime and Justice

CJ 425 Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice

CJ 428 Mexican American and Issues of Social Justice

CJ 429 Immigration and Justice

CJ 451 Border Violence and Justice

Graduate Courses 

CJ 511 Nature of Crime

CJ 514 Advanced Race, Crime and Justice

CJ 525 Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice

CJ 528 Mexican Americans and Issues of Social Justice

CJ 529 Immigration and Justice



Lauderdale, P. & Natividad, N. (2010) “Global Indigenous Rights and Responses” in International Studies Association Compendium Project, (ed.) Robert Denemark, Blackwell Publishing.
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

Natividad, N. (2015) “Lucha Libre and Cultural Icons: Successful College Transition Programs at Hispanic Serving Institutions” in New Directions for Higher Education. Wiley Jossey-Bass.

Sanchez, G. & Natividad, N. (2016) “Reframing Migrant Smuggling as a Form of Knowledge: A View from the U.S.-Mexico Border” in Border Politics. Springer Publishing.

Vasquez, C., Tapia, M., & Natividad, N. (Forthcoming, 2017) “The Effects of Restorative Justice Programming on Juvenile Offender Empathy” in Journal of Knowledge and Best Practices in Juvenile Justice & Psychology. 

Natividad, N. (In progress, 2017) “Drawing a Line in the Land: Transborder Indigenous Communities” in Journal of Law and Critique.