Melissa Mesinas

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow
Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology

Department: Psychology
Office Address: Steele 114
Melissa Mesinas

Academic History

  • B.A. Scripps College
  • Ph.D. Stanford University

Areas of Expertise

My primary areas of research are culture and education; individual and contextual factors that relate to sociocultural development; the development of Latinx and immigrant-origin students; and identity.

Selected Research and Publications

  • Casanova, S., Mesinas, M., & Martinez-Ortega, S. (2021). Cultural knowledge as opportunities for empowerment: Learning and development for Mexican Indigenous youth. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 1-15.
  • Martínez, R. A., & Mesinas, M. (2019). Linguistic motherwork in the Zapotec diaspora: Zapoteca mothers’ perspectives on Indigenous language maintenance. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 13(2), 122-144.
  • Urrieta Jr, L., Mesinas, M., & Martínez, R. A. (2019). Critical Latinx indigeneities and education: An introduction. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 13(2), 1-14.
  • Mesinas, M., & Perez, W. (2016). Cultural Involvement, Indigenous Identity, and Language: An Exploratory Study of Zapotec Adolescents and Their Parents. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 38(4), 482-506.

Courses Taught

  • Child Development