Faculty Profile

Cristina Gonzalez

Research Interests

Education Policy and Governance; Educational Leadership; Graduate education issues; Hispanic culture; History of Latinos in the U.S.; History of higher education; History of the University of California; Minority leadership issues; Status of the Spanish language in the U.S.; Undergraduate education issues; Women’s leadership issues


Ph.D., Spanish – Indiana University, Bloomington – 1981

Select Publications

  • “Undergraduate Research, Graduate Mentoring, and the University’s Mission,” SCIENCE, 293, 5335 (2001), pp. 1624-1626.
  • “The Role of the Graduate School in Interdisciplinary Programs: The University of California, Davis, Budget Model, ” THE COMMUNICATOR, 36, 5 (2003), pp. 1,2 & 4.
  • “Graduate Education and the Diversity Debate,” THE COMMUNICATOR, 35, 4 (2002), pp. 1, 2 & 7.
  • “Speaking a Language of Color: A Personal Reflection on the Rise of Spanish,” THE HISPANIC OUTLOOK IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 13, 16 (2003), pp. 24-26.
  • “The Baby Who Did Matter: Work-Life Balance in the Academy,” WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 13, 8 (2004), pp. 1-2.

Professional Experience

  • Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, University of California, Davis, 2002-2004
  • Dean of Graduate Studies, University of California, Davis, 1997-2002
  • Chair, Spanish and Portuguese, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1993-1997

Current Activities and Service

  • Member of the University of California President’s Advisory Committee on Family-Friendly Policies for Ladder Faculty, 2004-
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Center for Innovation and Research on Graduate Education, University of Washington, 2002-
  • Member of the University of California Work Group on Faculty Diversity, 2004-2005
  • Vice Chair of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Evaluation Team for the University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003-2005
  • Member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Evaluation Team for the Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2002, 2004
  • Chair of the Search Committee for the Director of the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States, 2002-2003
  • Member of the University of California Review Committee for the Institute for Mexico and the United States, the Linguistic Minority Institute and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, 2001-2002
  • Chair of the University of California Council of Graduate Deans, 2001-2002; Vice Chair, 2000-2001; Member, 1997-2000
  • Member of the Executive Committee, Association of Graduate Schools, 2001-2002
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee on Minorities in Graduate Education, Council of Graduate Schools, 2001-2002; Member, 2000-2001
  • Co-Chair, with Debra Stewart, Diversity and Inclusiveness Project, Council of Graduate Schools/Peterson’s, 2001-2002
  • Member of the Executive Committee, Council of Graduate Schools, 2001-2002
  • Member of the Council of Graduate Schools/Peterson’s Award for Innovation in Promoting an Inclusive Graduate Community Committee, 2001-2002
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Council of Graduate Schools, 2000-2002
  • Member of the University of California Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs, 2000-2001
  • Member of the University of California Academic Planning Council, 2000-2002
  • Member of the Steering Committee, National Science Foundation First Women in Engineering Leadership Conference, Winter Park, Colorado, October 11-15, 2000
  • Member of the Humanities and Arts Dissertation Awards Committee, Council of Graduate Schools and University Microfilms Incorporated, 1999-2000
  • Member of the University of California-Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología de México Advisory Committee, 1998-2002
  • Member of the Committee on Committees, Council of Graduate Schools, 1998-1999

Courses Taught at UC Davis

  • EDU 292 (Graduate Seminar: Philosophy of Higher Education)
  • EDU 226 (Culture and Social Organization of Higher Education)
  • EDU 130 (Issues in Higher Education)
  • FRS 001 (Freshman Seminar: The University: A User’s Manual)
  • SPA 224 (Muslims, Jews, Indians, Cannibalism and Gold: The Formation of the Spanish “Black Legend”)
  • SPA 141 (Spanish Culture)
  • SPA 100 (Principles of Hispanic Literature and Criticism)
  • FRS 001 (Freshman Seminar: Anglos and Latinos: A Tale of Two Empires)
  • FRS 002 (Freshman Seminar: Anglos, Latinos, and the Spanish “Black Legend”)
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