As part of their SSRC-funded Covid-19 research, Lu Liu and Marjorie Orellana study the role care and kindness played during the pandemic. Through an ethnographic diary-based study, they investigate how US families are navigating the pandemic and what they are learning from it. These families, they found, gained new insights into the importance of care, focusing on self-care, family-care, and community-care.
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana is professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, where she serves as associate director of the International Program on Migration. Her research centers on the experiences of immigrant youth in urban schools and communities, including as language and cultural brokers for their families. She is the author of Translating Childhoods: Immigrant Youth and Cultures (Rutgers University Press, 2009), Immigrant Children in Transcultural Spaces: Language, Learning and Love (Routledge, 2016), a 2019 coedited volume (with Inmaculada María García-Sánchez) titled Language and Cultural Processes in Communities and Schools: Bridging Learning for Students from Non-Dominant Groups (Routledge, 2019), and Mindful Ethnography: Mind, Heart, and Activity for Transformative Social Research (Routledge, 2019). She has also published in an interdisciplinary array of journals including American Anthropologist, Harvard Education Review, Social Problems, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Reading Research Quarterly, and Linguistics in Education. She is a past president of the Council of Anthropology and Education and was a bilingual classroom teacher in Los Angeles from 1983 to 1993.