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Alejandro Carrion

Visiting Associate Professor
Department(s): Teaching and Learning
Phone: 702-895-0049


Alejandro E. Carrión, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary researcher, educator, and activist whose scholarship attempts to bring Theory to Practice and Action. As a proud BronxRican he has worked extensively with marginalized youth, teacher activists, and community-based organizations to address issues of equity and social justice. With a background in urban education, ethnic studies, and sociology he researches and teaches from this intersection analyzing education as a site of cultural and social reproduction and as a space for radical transformation.

Dr. Carrión is committed to participatory and collaborative research. His work challenges structures of oppression through the facilitation of collective liberatory consciousness and movement building. His interdisciplinary work centers on the transformative and liberatory spaces, practices, and fugitive education of Black and Latinx students, specifically those engaging in higher education. Prior to arriving at UNLV, Dr. Carrión had an extensive history of teaching and community-centered research. At Northwestern University he was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, an Academic Advisor and Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning in the Latino and Latina Studies Program. While at Northwestern he helped to Co-Founder and was the Executive Director of the Borders and Identities Collaborative youth participatory action research project (YPAR). This project-centered and worked with Chicagoland teens to create critical community-centered research that sought to examine collective social realities and to create change through action, resistance, and the construction of new imaginaries. In New York City he taught sociology and Puerto Rican and Latino Studies as an adjunct at various institutions throughout the City such as Hostos Community College, Westchester Community College, Manhattan College, The City College of New York, and Brooklyn College. He also helped to co-found and coordinate many community-based programs helping teens transition to, and succeed in, higher education, including the Hostos Black Male Initiative, Let’s Get Ready, and the CUNY College Access and Success Program. He has published work in The Latino Studies and Boyhood Studies Journals. He received his Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center, an M.S. from Hunter College, and a B.S. from Binghamton University.

Research Expertise

  • Liberatory and fugitive education and learning
  • Community-centered epistemologies
  • Participatory-based research
  • Urban Education
  • Critical qualitative methods