Faculty

Below is a list of College of Education faculty whose research specifically focuses on social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion topics. Note that as stated in our mission, the College of Education aspires that all research, teaching and service embrace social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion tenets.

Curriculum and Instruction

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Jennifer K. Adair

Associate Professor

Research interests focus on inequities in early schooling and the intersection of immigration, race and early childhood.

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Adriana Alvarez

Assistant Professor, Master's Advisor

Studies biliteracy development and pedagogy with a focus on social justice, strength-based approaches, and family engagement.

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Anthony L. Brown

Associate Professor

Focuses on historical and contemporary issues and discourses concerning African American students in schools and society.

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Keffrelyn Brown

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Glenadine Gibb Teaching Fellow in Education

Creates scholarship based around teacher education, especially relating to race and culture.

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Rebecca Callahan

Associate Professor, EPP Master's Program Head

Research Interests include immigrant bilinguals’ transition from adolescence to young adulthood, as well as their associated educational processes.

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Claudia Cervantes-Soon

Assistant Professor

Examines issues of power and identity in education, particularly in bilingual/dual language classrooms and for Latina/Chicana/Mexicana women.

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Noah De Lissovoy

Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor

Examines effects of race, class and capital in schools and society; investigates and extends traditions of critical pedagogy and philosophy.

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Tracey Flores

Assistant Professor

Interests include family literacy, specifically family writing and practices for Latina mothers and daughters, as a springboard for advocacy and empowerment of families and teachers.

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Maria Gonzalez-Howard

Assistant Professor

Explores the intersections of teaching and learning science with bilingualism development, with a focus on supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students’ engagement in science practices. 

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Louis Harrison

Professor

Explores issues in race and culture in physical activity and sport as well as identity development patterns of African Americans.

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Grace MyHyun Kim

Assistant Professor

Studies literacy, language, and multicultural education, especially involving new media and globalization.

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Tia Madkins

Assistant Professor

Explores equity-focused STEM teaching and learning with an emphasis on elementary science education in urban contexts. 

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Fikile Nxumalo

Assistant Professor

Focuses on environmental and place-based education, as well as inquiry-driven curriculum in early education.

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Catherine Riegle-Crumb

Associate Professor

Focuses on gender and racial/ethnic inequality in educational experiences and student achievement in STEM fields.

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Allison Skerrett

Associate Professor

Focuses on secondary English and literacy education in urban contexts, including among transnational youth.

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Luis Urrieta, Jr.

Professor

Follows trends around cultural and racial identities, agency, migration, and social movements in education.

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Sepehr Vakil

Assistant Professor

Explores cultural and political dimensions of learning and identity processes, particularly in engineering and computer science contexts. 

Educational Psychology

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Ricardo Ainslie

Professor

M. K. Hage Centennial Professorship in Education

Explores the intersection of psychology and culture through such topics as the psychological experience of immigration, ethnic conflicts and the impact of violence within communities, and the relationship between individual and collective identity.

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Germine Awad

Associate Professor, HDCLS Area Chair

Studies the effects that acculturation and identity have on discrimination, specifically in populations of Arab/Middle Eastern and African American women.

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Stephanie Cawthon

Associate Professor, Director of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes

Elizabeth Glenadine Gibb Teaching Fellowship in Education

Explores individual, school, community, and system level factors that affect education, employment, and quality of life outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

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Kevin Cokley

Professor

Researches themes related to understanding the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement, and the impact of the impostor phenomenon in academic and mental health outcomes.

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Michael Parent

Assistant Professor

Focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and behavioral health in topics of men’s health, gender roles, and muscularity; conducts outreach with gender and sexual minority communities.

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Erin Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

Studies family, linguistic, and sociocultural influences on children’s adaptation to stress, to better understand how family coping, language and communication, and sociocultural context impact children’s mental and physical health outcomes.

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Delida Sanchez

Assistant Professor

Interested in teaching and research in the area of multicultural counseling, exploring ethnic and racial identity development, and mental health outcomes among Black and Latino adolescents.

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Marie-Anne Suizzo

Associate Professor

Research interests are centered around how parent-child relationships, parental involvement, and child socialization shape children's and adolescents' development and learning across cultures and ethnic groups.

Educational Leadership and Policy

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Beth E. Bukoski

Clinical Assistant Professor

Focuses on issues that affect underrepresented students and faculty related to identity intersectionality and performativity, particularly critical theories and constructs of gender, sexuality, race, and class.

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Aileen Bumphus

Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Vice President for Academic Diversity Initiatives in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Research interests include educational leadership, emotional intelligence, and resiliency.

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Norma Cantú, J.D.

Professor

Ken McIntyre Professor for Excellence in School Leadership

With a background as assistant secretary of education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration, she teaches topics in civil rights and the intersection of law and policy in education.

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Joshua Childs

Assistant Professor

Examines collaborative approaches involving community organizations and stakeholders that improve academic achievement and reduce opportunity gaps for students.

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Liliana Garces

Associate Professor

Studies educational inequality, higher education equity and access policies for underrepresented populations, use and influence of research in Supreme Court cases. 

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Terrance Green

Assistant Professor

Examines principals and school-community engagement/community development, and issues of educational equity and opportunity.

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Jennifer Jellison Holme

Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor

Focuses on the politics and implementation of educational policy with an emphasis on school reform, equity and diversity in schools.

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Huriya Jabbar

Assistant Professor, EPP Doctoral Program Head

Examines the social and political dimensions of market-based reforms and privatization in education, including school choice and decision-making in K-12 and higher education contexts.

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Soncia Reagins-Lilly

Clinical Assistant Professor, Vice President for Student Affairs

Shares her expertise in higher education policy, administration and finance, strategic planning, and leadership development as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

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Richard J. Reddick

Associate Professor

Examines the experiences of faculty of color at predominantly White institutions; mentoring relationships between faculty and Black students; and work-life balance in academia.

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Pedro Reyes

Ashbel Smith Professor of Education Policy

Focuses on school conditions that foster high academic success for children of poverty, stratification of learning opportunities for children of color, and on state policy that facilitates student success across the education pipeline.

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Victor B. Sáenz

Associate Professor, Chair

Leads the Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success Initiative focused on Latino males in education; seeks to advance research-informed policy solutions that enhance educational outcomes for underserved students in secondary and post-secondary education.

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Lauren Schudde

Assistant Professor

Studies the impact of educational policies and practices on college student outcomes using quantitative methods.

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Patricia Somers

Associate Professor

Serves as a faculty affiliate in Women’s and Gender Studies and Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. Researches topics such as campus safety, higher education law, academic freedom, and higher education in Brazil.

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Betty Jeanne Taylor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Assistant Vice President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Focuses on university-wide campus climate initiatives including bias incident reporting and response as well as implementing best practices for inclusive classroom climates and faculty recruitment and retention.

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Angela Valenzuela

Professor

Specializes in urban education from a sociological and multicultural perspective, with a focus on minority youth in schools, particularly at the K-12 level.

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Aaron Voyles

Clinical Assistant Professor

Serves as the Associate Director for Student Learning and Development and researches post-qualitative and post-structuralist methodologies, discourse analysis, and gender performance.

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Evelyn Waiwaiole

Clinical Assistant Professor

Executive Director of CCSSE

As Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, Evelyn specializes in evidence that informs change and improved outcomes at community colleges.

Kinesiology and Health Education

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Liesl Nydegger

Assistant Professor

Focuses research on reducing sexual health risk behaviors in women with multiple vulnerabilities, ethnic minorities, and illicit drug users.

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Miguel Pinedo

Assistant Professor

Focuses on how migration-related factors contribute to health disparities related to substance abuse, HIV risk, and related harms among Latino populations in the United States and Mexico. 

Special Education

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North Cooc

Assistant Professor

Explores how family background, culture, and school contextual factors influence decisions and trajectory outcomes within special education.

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Soyoung Park

Assistant Professor

Uses qualitative research methods to identify and support students of English learner designation who require special education.

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Audrey Sorrells

Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Students for Research

Explores topics in ethnically diverse students with disabilities, veteran students with resulting trauma issues, and professional development for disabled students.