Stephanie M. Huezo
Is an Assistant Professor in History at Fordham University (NYC). Born and raised in the Bronx, NY she began to appreciate her cultural identity as one of the few Salvadorans in her neighborhood. She began to immerse herself in the history of El Salvador, especially during the civil war and it was there where she encountered popular education and Paulo Freire’s work. Huezo decided to get a PhD in History to learn more about Salvadoran popular educators and their vision of creating a new society during the Salvadoran civil war. As she conducted research, Huezo met Francisco Pacheco who connected her to the important work of NDLON and the National TPS Alliance. She has served as a popular education facilitator for the National TPS Alliance.
Huezo’s research focuses on community organizing, Central American revolutions, and immigrant activism She is currently writing a manuscript about transnational popular education in Salvadoran community organizing.
Huezo is also interested oral history, memory and commemorations, and youth activism in Latinx communities. Her work can be found in the Journal for Latin America and Latino Studies, The Latino Studies Journal and NACLA Report on the Americas. In addition, Huezo has participated the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program and contributed research to the first Molina Family Latino Gallery at the Smithsonian.
Huezo also uses popular education strategies in her class to emphasize why the educational process, generally, and the study of history, in particular, matter for cultivating thriving communities committed to social change. Huezo believes this transformation begins in the classroom through teacher-student relation that encourages dialogue and reflection.