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 currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. Before that, he was Assistant Professor at Nevada State College where he co-created the Bachelors of Criminal Justice and was co-founder and former Director of the Nepantla Program, a comprehensive support service and scholarship for underrepresented, first generation college students. 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 focuses on community practices of human rights across borders. His larger research trajectory seeks to investigate political movements that transmit and translate ideas of local communal justice. He is currently 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 Trotando Pasos Ajenos: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands which is an art and cultural exhibit that focuses on regional issues of justice inequality as they pertain to identity, environment, history, immigration, faith, and law. 

He is a Dean’s Fellow in the College of Education at NMSU and is 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: Border Studies, Immigration, Human Rights, Ethnic Studies, and Diversity in Higher Education 


Undergraduate & Graduate Courses 

CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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 451 Border Violence and Justice

CJ 511 Nature of Crime



The Mythmaking of Kings and Capitalists: Sovereignty, Economy, and Human Rights Along the U.S.-Mexico Border, in progress. 

Book Chapters 

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. (2017) “Reframing Migrant Smuggling as a Form of Knowledge: A View from the U.S.-Mexico Border” in Border Politics. Springer Publishing. 

Posadas, C.E., Glasner, A.T., Natividad, N., Keys, D. (Forthcoming 2018) “Connecting Theory to Criminal Justice Research” & “Decolonizing Methodologies” in Criminal Justice Research Methods. Kendall Hunt Publishing 

Peer Reviewed Articles 

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

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

Natividad, N. & Sanchez, G. (Under review, 2018) “Coyotaje as Epistemology: Decolonizing Facilitation of Irregular Migration along the U.S.-Mexico B/order” 

Natividad, N. (Under review, 2018) “Imaginings along the U.S.-Mexico Border” in Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order.

Museum Exhibits

Lara, D., Natividad, N., Aguilera, D. (2017). Trotando Pasos Ajenos: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands. 6 Oct. 2017- 6 Jan. 2018, Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, NM.

Fronteras 725: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands