Texas Tech University

Jairo I. Fúnez-Flores, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Curriculum & Instruction

Jairo I. Fúnez-Flores is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University. Dr. Fúnez-Flores received his Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Purdue University. Broadly speaking, his research is situated at the intersections of sociocultural studies in education, curriculum studies, decolonial theory, and qualitative methodology. Through critical ethnography, he analyzes and interprets the curricular and pedagogical implications of activist spaces and student movements. In recognition of his potential contribution to educational ethnographic research, he was awarded the American Educational Research Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship. Dr. Fúnez's ongoing research projects are centered on decolonial studies in education, the ontological turn in social and cultural theory, and critical hermeneutics

Jairo I. Fúnez-Flores


  • Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies, Purdue University
  • M.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • B.A. in Sociology (Inequality and Social Justice emphasis), University of Montana

Areas of Expertise

  • Decolonial Theory
  • Curriculum Theory
  • Ethnography
  • Qualitative Research
  • Activist Research

Selected Publications

Fúnez-Flores, J. I.  (Accepted with minor revisions). The decolonial and ontological theoretical turns' transgressive methodological and conceptual projects. Theory, Culture & Society. (Impact Factor: 3.676)

Fúnez-Flores, J. I. (2021). Toward a transgressive decolonial hermeneutics in activist education research. In C. E. Matias (Ed.), The Handbookof Critical Theoretical Research Methods in Education. Routledge.

Fúnez-Flores, J. I. (Under Review). Decolonial theory and the geopolitics of student movement and higher education research. Globalisation, Societies, and Education.