Marcela Cuellar joined the School of Education in July 2014 as an
assistant professor in higher education & leadership. She
received her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational
Change at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information
Studies. Her research examines access and equity in higher
education, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging
HSIs, and Latinx student success. More specifically, Dr.
Cati V. de los Ríos is an Assistant Professor in the School of
Education. She has taught in California and Massachusetts
public schools. Cati’s research explores the intersections
of adolescent bi/multilingual
literacies, translanguaging, ethnic studies, and
teacher education. Her scholarship draws from
ethnographic and participatory methodologies and is informed by
sociocultural, critical, and translingual orientations
of language and literacy.
Darnel Degand joined the School of Education as an assistant
professor in July 2017. He studies the various ways media
and society influence the development of social success
skills by exploring the social processes that exist within media
production environments and media consumption experiences. His
research also involves the design and development of educational
media products and experiences.
My work focuses on how communities and regions produce and
disrupt disparities in youth well-being, with emphasis on
disparities associated with race/ethnicity, immigration,
socio-economic status and geographic location. My interest in
youth well-being situates my activity at the intersection of
educational reform, public health, youth development and
community development. I ground my work conceptually at the nexus
of theories of development in social ecological contexts,
critical human geographers’ analyses of space and place as
socially produced, and critical race theory.
Cassandra Hart is an associate professor of education policy. She
evaluates the effects of school, state and national education
programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement,
and on the equality of student outcomes. Hart’s work has focused
on school choice programs, school accountability
policies, and effects on students of exposure to
demographically similar teachers. She is also interested in the
effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12
and post-secondary settings.
Margarita Jimenez-Silva is an associate professor and director of
teacher education at the School of Education in University of
California, Davis. Her research focuses on preparing and
supporting teachers to work with culturally and linguistically
diverse learners, especially in addressing emergent bilinguals’
linguistic and academic content development. More specifically,
her research strands include teacher education pedagogy and
curriculum, educational policy, and family/community engagement.
Michal Kurlaender investigates students’ educational pathways, in
particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and
success in postsecondary schooling. She has expertise on
alternative pathways to college and college readiness at both
community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. In
addition to working with national data, Kurlaender works closely
with administrative data from all three of California’s public
higher education sectors–the University of California, the
California State University and the California Community College
Faculty ProfileEMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Adolescent Language and Literacy; English Education; Linguistic Anthropology of Education; Sociocultural Approaches to Learning; Discourse Analysis; Black and Latina/o Youth Interactions; Ethnography
Alexis Patterson Williams, Ph.D., joined the School of Education
in July 2015 as an Assistant Professor in science education. She
is currently a CAMPOS Faculty
Scholar and is excited to work with her cohort to develop a
research center that focuses on increasing the participation of
women of color in STEM related fields.
Office hours: Winter and Spring Quarters 2020 — By Appointment
Gloria M. Rodriguez’s current research explores notions
of educational investment that reflect efforts to build
upon community strengths in order to address community
needs within and beyond educational settings. Dr. Rodriguez
also engages in research that focuses on the political
economic conditions and educational trajectories of
Chicana/o-Latina/o communities, other communities of color,
and low-income populations in the U.S.
With over fifteen years of professional experience, Winn has
worked and consulted with foundations, cities, and non-profits
including Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey, W.K. Kellogg
Foundation, City of Newark (NJ), City of Madison (WI), St. HOPE,
MLK Community Resources Collaborative, and Race to Equity.
His expertise includes youth programs/education, civic and
community engagement, strategic partnerships, race and equity,
and community based participatory research.
Maisha T. Winn’s research spans a wide variety of understudied
settings including her earlier work on the literate practices
extant in bookstores and community organizations in the African
American community to her most recent work in settings where
adolescent girls are incarcerated.