Bilingual/Bicultural Education

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Program Area Coordinator, Advisor
Maria Franquiz

The Bilingual/Bicultural Education (BBE) program provides expertise for students to become leaders in a field of growing importance. BBE students develop a critical perspective that allows them to advocate for bilingual educators, administrators, children, and families both in and outside the K-12 education system. Working alongside faculty, BBE graduate students develop a knowledge base in research and practice in the areas of: language policy and bilinguals’ educational program development; second language acquisition; biliteracy; effective bilingual and ESL instructional practices; bilingual and ESL teacher preparation; and theories of immigration. In addition, our thriving undergraduate Bilingual Teacher Certification program offers students extensive opportunities to experience research and theory in practice in the classroom.


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Paty Abril-Gonzalez

Assistant Professor

Studies long-term relationships with Latinx bilingual students and teachers using arts-based biliteracy approaches to affirm and amplify silenced perspectives.

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Doris Baker

Associate Professor

Develops and evaluates interventions and assessments using technology to support the academic success of Latinx students and other students whose home language is not English.

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Lucy Camarillo-May


A member of the UT Proyecto Maestría Collaborative, she is a leader in Bilingual and Bicultural Education.

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Stella Flores

Associate Professor

Examines the effects of state and federal policies on college access and completion outcomes for low-income and underrepresented populations including immigrant and English Learner students.

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María Fránquiz


Examines ethnographic language and literacy practices in K-12 classrooms, specifically focusing on how Latinx critical race theory explains the relationship between heritage language and culture and the evolving identities of future teachers.

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Mitch Ingram

Assistant Professor of Practice

Rsearch interests include the role of humor as a site for the mobilization of community cultural wealth, relajo in bilingual contexts and the different linguistic varieties, dichos, refranes, modismos, and chistes of the Spanish-speaking world. 

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Nora Luna

Assistant Professor of Practice

Interests also include critical race theory specifically Latinx critical race theory and multigenerational subtractive schooling experienced by a marginalized majority.

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Desirée Pallais-Downing

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Examines the contributions of strengths-based approaches in literacy instruction with Spanish-speaking bilingual teacher candidates and in-service teachers in the U.S. and in Latin America. 

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Nayelli Ramos

Clinical Assistant Professor

Focuses on equitable dual language programs, biliteracy, and bilingual and ESL teacher preparation.

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Haydeé Rodríguez

Clinical Assistant Professor

Prepares students to become educators in bilingual and ESL education and mentors novice bilingual educators.