Irantzu Fernandez Rodriguez (Bilbo, 1986) holds a bachelor’s in Sociology (UPV/EHU, 2008) and Cultural and Social Anthropology (UPV/EHU, 2012), and a doctorate in Feminist and Gender Studies (UPV/EHU, 2016). She is at present a lecturer in the School of Education at the UPV/EHU, in the Department of Theory and History of Education.

In her doctoral thesis, titled Nerabezaroko maitasun bizipenen etnografia: harremanen antolaketa, gorputz lanak eta heteroaraua Bilboko gaztetxoen artean (Ethnography of amorous experiences in adolescence: The organisation of relations, corporal work and hetero-normativity in adolescents in Bilbao), she studies experiences and relations of love among adolescents, taking into account factors like gender, age and social class. The work was supervised by Mari Luz Esteban and financed by the Basque Government with the training grant for non-doctoral researchers (PREDOC, 2010). During the research, she carried out a stay at the FLASCO University in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

In relation to this subject, she has published several articles: “Maitasuna, generoa eta nerabezaroa: ikerketa baten emaitzak” (2010), “Etnografiando el amor en la adolescencia: un estudio en tres centros escolares de Bilbao” (2014), “En busca del amor verdadero: el peso de la perspectiva adultocéntrica entre adolescentes” (2014), and “Benetako maitasunik ote? Amodioaren ikuspegi helduzentrikoa nerabeen artean aztergai” (2016).

She is a member of the Basque Anthropology Association Ankulegi.