Marissa Munoz, PhD

I draw from my experience as a middle-school teacher, museum educator, and curriculum developer to inform my ongoing research in the area of culturally centric environmental education, specific to the land-based knowledge and communities of south Texas. My current research focuses on water in/of/with/along border communities, recognizing traditional ecological knowledge as an intergenerational pedagogy of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo. I build upon international Indigenous scholarship and borderland methodologies to mobilize understandings of water as a human right, and as an approach to community empowerment, in response to the ongoing military occupation, environmental racism, and cultural ethnocide of our Mexico US border.