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I am a first-generation college student and interdisciplinary teacher-scholar, artist, and activist born and raised in California’s Central Valley. I received my BA in Psychology with a minor in Latin American/Latino Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and master’s and doctoral degrees in Education Policy and Planning with a portfolio in Mexican American and Latino Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

My research examines the sociocultural and sociopolitical aspects of education policy and practice, particularly as they relate to minoritized communities.

Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at San José State University, where I teach graduate courses with K12 teachers and school leaders.

Beginning fall 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development where I will teach courses in Social and Cultural Foundations. I will also direct the Enseñamos en el Valle Central initiative—a community-university-school collaborative focused on growing the pipeline for critically conscious Latinx K12 teachers in California’s Central Valley.