Paradoxes & Praxis: The 21st Century Imperative for Educational Foundations

Isabel Nuñez


Isabel Nuñez is the current School of Education director at Purdue University in Fort Wayne. She received her Bachelor of Arts at University of Southern California, her Doctor of Jurisprudence at University of California Los Angeles, her Master of Philosophy with a focus in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham in the UK, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has lived in multiple places around the world (San Francisco, Chicago, Tokyo, Japan, Birmingham, England, and Norwalk). Nuñez’s background in Law and Cultural studies and her residences around the world influence her current research at Purdue University where she focuses on educational policy and social foundations in education as they pertain to curriculum development and theory. One of the themes that Nuñez explores in her research is the cycle of privilege and oppression, which she has experienced and observed throughout her day-to-day life and research. A quote that best reflects her lifestyle, research, and belief system is: “I try to keep in mind that the best things about us, individually and collectively, emerge from struggle.” (Taken from

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