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Eunice Romero-little

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4603
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4603
Biography

Eunice Romero-Little is an associate professor of Indigenous language education and applied linguistics with American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. Romero-Little’s scholarship seeks possibilities for transforming education in ways that are congruent with Indigenous epistemologies, languages and everyday practices. Her research and scholarship grows out of a solid grounding as an education practitioner and as an Indigenous language activist who has assisted Indigenous communities, including her own home community of Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, in language revitalization and advancement, an arena of Indigenous language education and one Romero-Little specializes in. Her longtime interest in how children learn and the role of language(s) in child socialization led to her work with Jemez Pueblo, a Towa-speaking community in New Mexico. The "Becoming Jemez: The Early Childhood of Jemez Children Photovoice Project" was highlighted at the 2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference for its contribution to the understanding of Indigenous children and their early Indigenous language acquisition and cognitive development that occurs prior to pre-school.  Her scholarship informs policy and practice in early childhood education and Indigenous language education. In 2010, Dr. Romero-Little was awarded the AERA Bobby Wright Award for Early Career Contributions to Research in Indigenous Education for her transformative work leading to significant advancement in the study of Indigenous education and Indigenous peoples.

Education

Ph.D. Language, Literacy and Culture, Department of Education, University of California-Berkeley 2003

Research Interests

 

 

Indigenous Language Revitalization and Advancement

Indigenous Language Education Policy and Practice

Child Language Socialization

Early Education/Language and Literacy

Applied Linguistics

First and Second Language Acquisition

American Indian Education

Publications
  • Romero-Little, E., Sims, C. & Romero, A. Revisiting the Keres Study to Envision the Future: Engaging Indigenous Pueblo Youth, Elders, and Teachers in Intergenerational Collaborative Research and Praxis. Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Qualitative Inquiry with Youth and Their Communities (2013).
  • Romero-Little, E. & Blum-Martinez, R. In Retrospect, Revitalizing the Cochiti Language - A Proposal for Community Re-engagement in Collective Spirit and Mutual Respect. Journal of American Indian Education (2012).
  • Romero-Little, E., Durán, & Milagros Santos, R. Supporting the Maintenance and Revitalization of Indigenous Languages and Cultures through Early Childhood Practice. Young Exceptional Children Monograph No. 14: Supporting Young Children who are Dual Language Learners with or at-risk for Disabilities (2012).
  • Romero-Little, M.E. Globalization from the bottom up, inside-out, and outside-in: Indigenous language planning and policy from an Indigenous perspective: Commentary to Globalization from the Bottom Up: Indigenous Language Planning and Policy Across Time, Space, and Place. (2012).
  • Romero-Little, M. E., Ortiz, S. J., & McCarty, T. L., with Chen, R. (Eds.). Indigenous Languages Across the Generations - Strengthening Families and Communities. (2011).
  • Romero-Little, M.E. Learning the community’s curriculum: The linguistic, social and cultural resources of American Indian and Alaska Native children. American Indian Child Psychology and Mental Health, Vol 2: Prevention and Treatment (2011).
  • Romero-Little, M.E. Becoming Jemez: Early Childhood of Jemez Children Photo Voice Research Project. (2011).
  • Romero-Little, M.E. How Should Young Indigenous Children Be Prepared for Learning? A Vision of early childhood education for Indigenous children. Journal of American Indian Education (2010).
  • Romero-Little, M.E. Best practices for American Indian language learners. Best Practices in ELL Instruction (2010).
  • McCarty, T.L., Romero-Little, M.E., Warhol, L., & Zepeda, O. Indigenous youth as language policy makers. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education (2009).
  • . . School Talk: Broadening Visions of What Counts: Honoring Home and Community Literacies (2006).
  • McCarty, T. L.,Romero-Little, Mary Eunice,Zepeda, O. Reclaiming multilingual America: Lessons from Native American youth. Reimaging Multilingual Schools: Languages in Education and Globalization (2006).
  • Romero-Little, Mary Eunice. Cultural literacy in the world of Pueblo children. Many Pathways to Literacy: Learning with Siblings, Grandparents, Peers and in Community Settings (2005).
  • Benjamin, R.,Pecos, R.,Romero-Little, Mary Eunice. Language revitalization efforts in the Pueblo de Cochiti: Becoming literate in an oral society. Indigenous Literacies in the Americas: Language Planning from the Bottom Up (1996).
Research Activity
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
AIS 590Reading and Conference
JUS 599Thesis
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 599Thesis
JUS 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 370Amer Indian Languages/Cultures
AIS 508Revitalize Indigenous Language
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 592Research
JUS 593Applied Project
JUS 599Thesis
JUS 790Reading and Conference
JUS 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 370Amer Indian Languages/Cultures
AIS 493Honors Thesis
AIS 508Revitalize Indigenous Language
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 592Research
JUS 599Thesis
JUS 790Reading and Conference
JUS 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 294Special Topics
IED 394Special Topics
AIS 499Individualized Instruction
SST 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 420Amer Indian Studies Research
AIS 493Honors Thesis
AIS 508Revitalize Indigenous Language
SST 590Reading and Conference
SST 790Reading and Conference
Service
  • Renewing Fort Mojave’s Language: Immersion for the Home and Community Workshop, Trainer/Presenter (2010 - Present)
  • Native Language Revitalization Planning and Program Development, Consultant (1980 - 2020)
  • Keres Children’s Learning Center (Keres Montessori Pre-School), Cochiti Lake, New Mexico, Board Member (2006 - 2020)
  • Curriculum Committee, American Indian Studies, Member (2011 - 2015)
  • Indigenous Language Revitalization and Advancement Certificate Program, American Indian Studies, Lead (2011 - 2015)
  • Personnel Committee, American Indian Studies, Member (2011 - 2015)
  • Indigenous Peoples of America, Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association, Chair (2014 - 2015)
  • Social of Social Transformation Barrett Honor College, Co-Liaison (2013 - 2014)
  • International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Reviwer (2014 - 2014)
  • Indigenous Language Revitalization and Advancement Certificate Program, American Indian Studies, Lead (2012 - 2014)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Research Center and Tribal Early Childhood Research Center Head Start Steering Committee, University of Colorado, Denver, Steering Committee Member (2011 - 2014)
  • Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century Teaching Environment: Towards a Developmental Plan for the College of Education at the University of New Mexico, External Professional Advisory Committee (EPAC) Member (2013 - 2014)
  • William T. Grant Scholars Program, Research Mentor (2012 - 2014)
  • University of Oklahoma Press, Manuscript Review (2013 - 2014)
  • Educational Researcher, Reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • Journal of American Indian Education, Reviwer (2013 - 2013)
  • Wicazo ?a: A Journal of Native America Studies, Reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • American Educational Research Association SIG - Early Education and Early Childhood, Conference Proposal Reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • American Educational Research Association, SIG - Bilingual Education, Conference Proposal Reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • American Educational Research Association, SIG - Critical Early Childhood Education, Conference Proposal Reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • Mike Charleston Award Committee, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association, Chair (2012 - 2013)
  • Bobby Wright Award Committee, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association, Chair (2011 - 2012)
  • Office of Head Start Tribal Language Preservation and Revitalization Roundtable, Office of Head Start, Washington, D.C., Invited Participant (2010 - 2010)
  • Applied Linguistics Search Committee, Faculty Search Committee Member (2010 - 2010)
  • 16th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium, Arizona State University, Program Co-Chair (2010 - 2010)