Azucena Verdín, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Human Development, Family Studies, and Counseling

Azucena Verdín, Ph.D.

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Dr. Verdín’s research examines how colorism, nativism, and gendered racism are experienced by Mexican-origin families. She uses Chicana feminisms and critical race theory to interrogate how identity, knowledge, and racialization processes among Mexican Americans are shaped by Whiteness ideology, settler-colonialism, and the erasure of Indigenous ancestry. Dr. Verdín teaches graduate courses in Family Changes and Diversity, Research and Issues in Family Science, Advanced Lifespan Development, and Research Methods. She is currently a founding member of TWU HDFSC’s Decolonizing Coursework Initiative Committee and serves on the Latinx Unidx Mentoring Committee. Dr. Verdín currently co-chairs an ad hoc committee on Intersectional Feminism Teaching for the Feminism and Family Studies section of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). In 2020, she received the NCFR John L. and Harriette P. McAdoo Dissertation award for her dissertation, Mothering while Brown: Latina borderland mothers’ experiences of epistemic injustice.


Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
M.Ed., The Arts in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts
B.A., Romance Languages and Literature, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research Interests

Mexican Origin Families; Mexican Origin Mothering and Mothering Knowledge; Chicana Feminist Family Epistemology; Colorism within Mexican American Communities; Chicana Mentoring; Decolonizing Pedagogy in HDFS

Latest Articles

"Why Didn't I Speak Up?" A Mexican American Woman's Narrative of Colorism
Journal of Colorism Studies (2022)
Azucena Verdin, Brookelyn Bush, Maria Torres

E(race)ing Mexican Americans: Why denying racial Indigeneity constitutes White supremacy in family science
National Council on Family Relations. Report (2021)
Azucena Verdin

Prenatal vestibular stimulation as dance (VES-D) program: A mixed methods feasibility study
The Arts in Psychotherapy (2020)
Azucena Verdin

Changing family identity through the quinceañera ritual
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences (2019)
Azucena Verdin, J Camaco

Professional Affiliations

  • Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS)
  • National Council for Family Relations (NCFR)
  • Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)