Patricia D. López, PhD

I am an interdisciplinary scholar, teacher, and activist/organizer born and raised in California’s Central Valley. I received my BA in Psychology with a minor in Latin American/Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a PhD in Education Policy and Planning with a portfolio in Mexican American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

My research focuses on issues of power and the politics of K-12 and higher education policy, research methods, and Chicana feminist epistemologies. My award-winning ethnographic study of the Texas State Legislature has informed numerous legislative policy debates, as well as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (MALDEF) 2012 school finance victory and the creation of the Texas Latina/o Education Task Force. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at San José State University where I teach graduate and doctoral level courses.