Curriculum Vitae

Patricia D. López, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Leadership and Policy Studies

San Jose State University

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Education Policy and Planning           University of Texas at Austin
Portfolio in Mexican American Studies

M.A., Education Policy                                   University of Texas at Austin

B.A., Psychology                                            University of California, Santa Cruz
Minor: Latin American Latino Studies

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

My academic scholarship contributes to the areas of Chicana/o Studies, Chicana Feminist Studies, and Critical Policy Studies.

SELECTED ACADEMIC HONORS AND AWARDS

2015     Concha Delgado Gaitán Early Career Presidential Fellowship, Council on Anthropology and Education

2015     Distinguished Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group

2015     Fellow, HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI), Hispanas Organized for Political Equality

2013     Early Career Scholar Fellow, American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Scholars of Color in Education

2013     Education Leadership Award. Texas Hispanics Organized for Political Education

2011-2012     Center for Mexican American Studies Dissertation Fellowship Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin. Fellowship award: $20,000.00

2010     William L. Boyd National Educational Politics Policy Fellow. The Politics of Education Association (PEA) and University Council of Education Administration (UCEA)

2009-2011     The Forum for Education and Democracy Policy Fellow

2005-2007     Karl S. Pister Fellow for Commitment to Community Leadership University of California, Santa Cruz. Fellowship award: $20,000.00

DISSERTATION

López, P.D. (2012). The Process of Becoming: The Political Construction of Texas’ Lone STAAR System of Accountability and College Readiness. University of Texas at Austin: Dissertation.

PUBLICATIONS IN PROGRESS

López, P.D. (under review). Brown v. Topeka Board of Education. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation.

López, P.D. (submitted). Beyond Disposition: Critical Pedagogy for Leadership and Social Change in Education. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal. Special Theme Issue: Latina/o Educational Leadership: Testimonios from the Field.

López, P.D. (in progress). Policy as Praxis: Engaged Scholarship as Sites for Political Participation and Social Change.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

López, P.D. (2016). Latina Differential Consciousness and Race-gendering in Texas’ Legislative Process. In S. Navarro, S. Hernández & L. Navarro, Latinas in Politics. Pelgrave.

Valenzuela, A. & López, P.D. (2015). The National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project: Origins. In M. Lavadenz & A.C. Muniz, Anthology on Civil Rights in Education. Paradigm Press.

López, P.D. & Valenzuela, A. (2014). Resisting Epistemological Exclusion and Inserting La Clase Mágica into State-level Policy Discourses. In B. Flores, O. Vasquez & E.R. Clark. La Clase Mágica: Generating Transworld Pedagogy. Lexington Publishers, Rowman Littlefield Publishing Group.

Valenzuela, A. & López, P.D. (2014). Cultivating a cadre of critically conscious teachers and “taking this country to a totally new place”. In P. Portes & S. Salas. U.S. Latinos in K-12 education: Seminal research-based policy directions for change we can believe in. Routledge.

Cabrera, N., López, P.D. & Sáenz, V.B. (2012). Ganas: From the Individual to the Community, and the Potential for Improving College Readiness in the ‘Land that Texas Forgot’” Journal of Latinos and Education, 11: 232-246.

López, P.D., Valenzuela, A. & García, E. (2011). The Critical Ethnography of Public Policy:  Social Justice and Community Responsibility.  Companion to the Anthropology of Education.

Valenzuela, A. & López, P.D. (in press). The National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project: Origins. In M. Lavadenz & A.C. Muniz, Anthology on Civil Rights in Education. Paradigm Press.

López, P.D. (2009). The Impact of Accountability and Assessment on High School English Language Learners and their Families: The South Texas Border Context. Center for Health and Social Policy.

SELECTED NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

López, P.D. & Moreno, C.M. (2014). A Latina/o K-12 and Higher Education Policy Agenda in Texas. Austin, TX: A Report of the Senate Hispanic Caucus and Mexican American Legislative Caucus Latina/o Education Task Force. http://issuu.com/txlatinoedpolicy/docs/shc_malc_edu_task_force_agenda_fina/0

López, P.D. (2013, September 30). “Texas Latinos and the Politics of Change.” Huffington Post, Latino Voices.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patricia-d-lapez/texas-latinos_b_4017945.html

Valenzuela, A. & López, P.D. (2013). National Teacher Summit on Advocacy and English Learners. Washington, DC: National Education Association (NEA). Final Report to the NEA Office of Human and Civil Rights.

Valenzuela, A. & López, P.D. (2013). English learners and Advocacy. Washington, DC: National Education Association. Advocacy Handbook to the NEA Office of Human and Civil Rights.

Valenzuela, A., López, P.D. & Casanova, Ú. (Eds.). (2012). A Critical Pedagogy Curriculum Handbook for Teachers of Latino/a Youth in Schools: A National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Framework.  Austin, TX: National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP). Final Report to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Valenzuela, A. & López, P.D. (2011). The National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP) and the Teacher Education Institutes. Austin, TX: The National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP).  Final Report to the Ford Foundation.

López, P.D. (2011). “Deconstructing the Interdisciplinary in Policy: Critical Education Policy Analysis, Social Justice, and the Politics of Urgency.”  University of Texas at Austin: Unpublished Specialization Paper.

Sáenz, V.B., Yamamura, E., Cabrera, N., López, P.D., Martínez, M., Aguilar, A., Najera, T., Muñoz, I. & Richardson, C. (2008). Understanding the perception of college readiness in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Report for the Texas Valley Communities Foundation, Edinburg, TX.

SELECTED ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

2015: Reviewer, Division G, Section 2: Education in Multicultural Contexts Within and Across Subject Areas. American Educational Research Association (AERA).

2015: Reviewer, Division G, Section 4: Social Context of Education Policy, Politics, and Praxis. American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2013: Committee Member, Scholar-Activist Award, American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2011 to present: Associate Director, National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP). University of Texas at Austin.

2011: Nominations and Elections Committee Member, American Educational Research Association Hispanic Research SIG

2010 to present: Reviewer, Journal of School Leadership.

2008: Graduate Student Reviewer, Journal of Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Advisors: Dr. Doug Foley and Dr. Luis Urrieta.

SELECTED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2016-Present  Primary InvestigatorAffirming Student Voices in Fiscal and School Climate Decision Making

2013-Present  Primary Investigator and Co-Chair, Texas Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) and Senate Hispanic Caucus’ Latina/o Education Task Force. Project: Developing a grassroots Latina/o Education Policy Agenda and Legislative Advocacy Framework.

2012-2015     Associate Director and Co-Investigator, National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP). Institutionalizing context-specific Grow-your-own Latina/o Teacher Pipelines in five states across the US.

2010-2013      Research Associate, Texas Center for Education Policy (TCEP). Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin.

2008-2010     Research Associate, National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP). University of Texas at Austin. Project: Conceptualizing the development of a Grow-your-own Latina/o Teacher Pipelines in five states across the US.

2007-2010     Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Center for Education Policy (TCEP) and the Office of the Associate Vice President for School Partnerships. University of Texas at Austin. Projects: Engaged scholarship and legislative advocacy; La Clase Mágica.

2007-2008     Graduate Research Assistant, University of Texas Center for Collaborative Educational Research and Policy (UTCCERP). University of Texas at Austin. Project: High-stakes testing and educational experiences among high school English learners and their parents.

2008     Graduate Research Assistant, The Texas Valley Communities Foundation. University of Texas at Austin. Project: Perceptions of college readiness among students, parents, educators, and community-based stakeholders.

2007     Researcher, Educational Partnership Center (EPC), University of California, Santa Cruz. Project: “Culturally-relevant” College-readiness Handbook for middle- and high school students and their families.

2006     Undergraduate Research Assistant. Dr. Barbara Rogoff, Department of Psychology. University of California, Santa Cruz. Project: Qualitative research and Coding for dissertation study examining Cultural Patterns -group Learning Among Elementary Students.

2005-2007     Undergraduate Research Assistant. Dr. Aída Hurtado, Department of Psychology. University of California, Santa Cruz. Project: First-generation college students: An analysis of a six-year longitudinal study on the effects of the federally funded GEARUP program on South Texas students.

ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

2012-present     Reviewer, Journal of School Leadership

2015     Reviewer, Division G, Section 4: Social Context of Education Policy, Politics, and Praxis. American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2015     Reviewer, Division G, Section 2: Education in Multicultural Contexts Within and Across Subject Areas. American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2011-2015     Associate Director, National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP)

2013     Scholar-Activist Award Committee Member. American Educational Research Association.

2011     Nominations and Elections Committee Member, Hispanic Research SIG, American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2008     Graduate Student Reviewer, Journal of Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Advisors: Dr. Doug Foley and Dr. Luis Urrieta

MEMBERSHIP IN ACADEMIC  AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

2008-present          American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2012-present           American Educational Studies Association (AESA)

2012-present           Association of Radical Educators (ARE)

2015-present           California Faculty Association (CFA)

2015-present           California Teachers Association (CTA)

2015-present           Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE)

2006-present           Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS)

2006-present           National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS)

2010-present            Politics of Education (PEA)

2009-present           National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)

2008-2013               Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE)