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Jennie Marie Luna

Luna, Jennie M.

Lecturer AY-A,  Mexican American Studies

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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Native American Studies
    Univ Of Cal-Davis, California, United States, 2011
  • Master of Arts, Native American Studies
    Univ Of Cal-Davis, California, United States, 2006
  • Master of Education, Philosophy of Education, emphasis Cultural Studies and Urban Ed
    Teachers College At Columbia U, New York, United States, 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts, Chicano Studies & Mass Communications
    Univ Of Cal-Berkeley, California, United States, 1999

Licenses & Certificates

  • Certificate of Language Proficiency Nahuatl
    Yale University & Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico, 2010
  • Certified Doula/Labor Assistant
    ALACE, California, United States, 2006


Jennie Luna (Xicana/Caxcan) was born and raised in East San José. Granddaughter of migrant farm workers and cannery workers, daughter of a single mother, she is the first in her family to attend and graduate from a four-year university. She has been active in Danza Mexica/Azteca tradition for twenty years. Her research focuses on the history of Danza Mexica in California and Xicana Indigena identity formation. Other research interests include: Indigenous transnational migration, urban Indigenous experiences and re-location, Xicana/o identity politics, spirituality, grassroots community studies, movement eras, creative writing, intercontinental Indigenous women’s movements and activism, reproductive health, traditional birthing practices, social justice and educational reform. She has worked as a community organizer in California and New York and is the co-founder of Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Danza circle in New York City and La Red Xicana Indigena.