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Utilizing Gloria Anzaldúa’s Autohistoria-teoría methodology, this humanistic study explores embodied experiences in the education system, guided by the question, What does the absence of my history do to my identity and pride? Theorizing across historical and personal contexts, I weave together personal archival materials, including school test scores, magical thinking, storytelling, and historical legacies of colonialism and American education. Inspired by Anzaldúa’s method of inquiry, I explore the relationship between identity and education by theorizing the reverberations between history and personal/collective experience.


Autohistoria, Autohistoria-teoria, Education, interdisciplinary research, Non-traditional Research, Testimonio, storytelling, colonialism, embodied experiences


Latin American Languages and Societies | Other Arts and Humanities | Philosophy | United States History


This is a research paper that I wrote with the guidance of my UROC/McNair mentor, Dr. Chrissy Hernandez. It is sectioned in a vignettes followed by historical passages, very different than traditional papers as that is the point of why I decided to do research on this. This paper was also presented in poster form at the summer symposium.

[2023 Honorable Mention] What Does the Absence of My History Do to My Identity & Pride?: Utilizing Autohistoría-Teoría Methodology to Trace Educational Experience