Reborujando the research process: Re/centering undocumented politics of dis/closure



closure, dis/closure, Latinx undocumented immigrants, methodologies, partnerships


In this article, three immigrant scholars (two with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and one formerly undocumented) come together to reflect on their experiences engaging in research with and about undocumented immigrants. In particular, the authors use a Chicana/ Latina feminist framework to dissect their experiences as researchers and research participants and how these experiences inform their understanding and engagement with research today. Some of the themes the authors discuss include—but are not limited to—the politics of dis/closure, the spirit of reciprocity, and methodological gaps in post-research reflection for healing and closure. 

Author Biographies

Maribel Estrada Calderon, Independent Scholar

Maribel Estrada Calderón (she/ella) is a high school world history teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Marcela Rodriguez-Campo, Nevada State College

Marcela Rodriguez-Campo, Ph.D. is the Director of the Office of Community, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Nevada State College.

Alonso R. Reyna Rivarola, Salt Lake Community College

Alonso R. Reyna Rivarola (él/he), M.Ed. is Senior Director for Institutional Equity, Inclusion, and Transformation at Salt Lake Community College.