Nivea Castaneda

Lecturer Faculty
COMB 129-C
Office hours by appointment


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.


Dissertation Awards

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

Doctoral Fellowships

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.