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Nivea Castaneda

Lecturer Faculty


  • COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication
  • COMM 221 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 351 Intercultural Communication

Teaching Specialties

Undergraduate courses in Fundamentals of Communication, Interpersonal, and Intercultural Communication Studies.

Research Interests/Activities

As a critical cultural, interpersonal, and family scholar Dr. Nivea Castaneda is interested in the cultural, gendered, and familial discourses that challenge survival when people experience silenced trauma in the family. More specifically, her research focuses on Latinx family communication with a special emphasis on child sexual abuse disclosures, as well as communication surrounding pregnancy and baby loss. Further, through the implementation of Indigenous Methodology, critical participatory action research methods, and service learning pedagogy she works to center connections between communities and the academy.


Her work appears in the Journal of Family Communication and in an edited collection titled This Bridge We Call Communication: Anzaldúan Approaches to Theory, Method, and Praxis.


  • 2018  Sandra Petronio Dissertation Excellence Award
  • 2018  Outstanding Interpersonal Communication Dissertation Award
  • 2018  Nominee for Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
  • 2017  Dissertation Fellowship, University of Denver Graduate Studies
  • 2016  AHSS Fourth Year Fellowship, Art, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Denver
  • 2015 Inclusive Excellence Fellowship, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Denver
  • 2014 Inclusive Excellence Fellowship, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Denver
  • 2015 University of Denver Research and Performance Summit Audience Favorite Panel


Dr. Nivea Castaneda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Secondary Education and her Masters Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver in Cultural, Interpersonal, and Family Communication Studies.

Contact Information

Office: COMB 129-C
Office Hours: By appointment