Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
As a cultural anthropologist, Lourdes Gutierrez Najera is an expert on the transnational lives of indigenous Mexicans. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, she migrated with her family to Los Angeles, California as a child. Her experiences as a Mexican immigrant and a fronteriza, having lived on the U.S.-Mexico border, shaped her curiosity about cultural differences, race, and issues of identity. As a professor of Anthropology at Drake University, she is vested in continued exploration of immigration, ethnicity, indigeneity, citizenship & belonging, and youth.