Ariana Mangual Figueroa

Ariana Mangual Figueroa faculty photo

Research Interests

  • Citizenship and Childhood
  • Language Socialization
  • Ethnography and Ethics


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Ariana Mangual Figueroa draws from the fields of language socialization and linguistic anthropology to examine language use and learning in Latinx communities living in the United States. Her ethnographic research seeks to understand the ways in which the lives of children and adults in mixed-status families are shaped by citizenship status and schooling practices during everyday, routine interactions. Her work has appeared in Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Language Policy, and the American Educational Research Journal. She is currently a co-Principal Investigator of two longitudinal research projects: the first is called the "Putting Immigration and Education into Conversation Everyday" (PIECE) Research Project funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation and the second is the City University of New York-Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE, see Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., she taught English as a Second Language and Spanish in public schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn.