Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Latina/o Studies; Diversity, Race & Equity; English Learners; Latino Issues in Education; Secondary Education

Cati de los Ríos

Assistant Professor

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.  

de los Ríos has published in Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Literacy ResearchLearning, Media and Technologyand Harvard Educational Review. Her research on Common Core State Standards-aligned literacies in a high school ethnic studies classroom was selected for dissertation fellowships from the Ford Foundation, National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, and the Provost’s Office at Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2018, de los Ríos won two Outstanding Dissertation Awards from American Educational Research Association and was awarded the Promising Researcher Award by the Standing Committee on Research of National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She is the co-recipient of the 2018 Alan C. Purves Award from NCTE for an article judged most likely to have the greatest impact on educational practice, and the 2019 Janet Emig Award from NCTE, which is given annually to an article published in English Education for exemplary scholarship and deemed to most likely influence English teacher education.

As a community-engaged scholar and former high school Spanish, ELD, and ethnic studies teacher, she has over fifteen years of community organizing for K-12 ethnic studies efforts nationwide. Since 2012, she has been a co-organizer of the West Coast Ethnic Studies Summits & K-12 Ethnic Studies National Assemblies at Free Minds, Free People (sponsored  by Education for Liberation Network). de los Ríos is a 2019-2021 Coyle Research Fellow at the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame and is a member of the Standing Committee on Research of NCTE for 2019-2022.


2017, Ph.D./M.Phil., Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY
Department of Arts & Humanities, Program in English Education

2006, M.T.S., Harvard Divinity SchoolCambridge, MA
Theological and Religious Studies (emphasis in Mesoamerica & Latin America)

2005, Teaching Credential, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA Single-Subject Secondary Teaching Licensure – Massachusetts 

2004, B.A., Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 
Majors: Chicana/o Studies and Spanish Literature

Teaching Certifications:

Clear Bilingual Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) Credential, CA (6-12)

Clear Single Subject Secondary Spanish Language and Literacy Credential, CA (6-12)

Professional Appointments

7/2018-Present, Assistant Professor. University of California, Davis, School of Education

4/2017-6/2018, Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside, Graduate School of Education

Selected Publications

de los Ríos, C. V. (in press). Translingual youth podcasts as acoustic allies: Writing and negotiating identities at the intersection of literacies, language and racialization. Journal of Language, Identity & Education.

de los Ríos, C. V. (in press). Writing oneself into the curriculum: Reflections on photovoice journaling in an ethnic studies course. Written Communication.

de los Ríos, C. V. (in press). “Got libros?”: Exploring patrons’ experiences with Latinx history and literature at La Casa Azul Bookstore. Anthropology & Education Quarterly.

de los Ríos, C. V., & *Molina, A. (2020). Literacies of refuge: “Pidiendo posada” as ritual of justice. Journal of Literacy Research, 52(1), 32-54. DOI:10.1177/1086296X19897840

de los Ríos, C. V. (2019). ”Los músicos”: Mexican corridos, the aural border, and the evocative musical renderings of transnational youth. Harvard Educational Review, 89(2), 177-200.

*Kwon, L., & de los Ríos, C. V. (2019). “See, Click, Fix”: Civic interrogation and digital tools in a ninth-grade ethnic studies course. Equity & Excellence in Education, 52(2-3), 154-166. DOI:10.1080/10665684.2019.1647809

de los Ríos, C. V., Martinez, D. C., **Musser, A., *Canady, A., Camangian, P. R., Quijada, P. D. (2019). Upending colonial practices: Toward repairing harm in English education.Theory into Practice, 58(4), 359-367. DOI:10.1080/00405841.2019.1626615 

de los Ríos, C. V. (2019). Revisiting notions of social action in K-12 ethnic studies pedagogy: One teacher’s critical lessons from the classroom. In C. Sleeter, W. Au’s (eds.) Rethinking Ethnic Studies. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools.

de los Ríos, C.V. (2018). Toward a corridista consciousness: Learning from one transnational youth’s critical reading, writing, and performance of Mexican corridos. Reading Research Quarterly, 53(4), 455-471. DOI:10.1002/rrq.210 (Awarded the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English Promising Researcher Award)

Seltzer, K., & de los Ríos, C.V. (2018). Translating theory to practice: Exploring teachers’ raciolinguistic literacies in secondary English classrooms. English Education, 51(1), 49-79. (Awarded the 2019 National Council of Teachers of English Janet Emig Award)

de los Ríos, C.V. (2018). Bilingual Vine making: Problematizing oppressive discourses in a secondary Chicanx/Latinx studies course. Learning, Media and Technology, 43(4), 359-373. DOI:10.1080/17439884.2018.1498350 

de los Ríos, C.V., & Seltzer, K. (2017). Translanguaging, coloniality, and English classrooms: An exploration of two bicoastal urban classrooms. Research in the Teaching of English, 52(1), 55-76. (Awarded the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English Alan C. Purves Award)

de los Ríos, C.V. (2017). Picturing ethnic studies: Photovoice and youth literacies of social action. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 61(1), 15-24doi:10.1002/jaal.631 

de los Ríos, C. V., & Souto-Manning, M., (2017). Freirean culture circles as a racial justice strategy in teacher education. In B. Picower, R. Kohli’s (eds.) Confronting Racism: Counternarratives of critical teacher educators. New York: Routledge.

de los Ríos, C.V. (2016).Writing from La Panza!: Exploring monologue literacies with emergent bilinguals. English Journal, 105(5), 75-80. 

de los Ríos, C.V., *López, J., & Morrell, E. (2016). Critical ethnic studies in high school classrooms: Academic achievement via social action. In P. Noguera, J. Pierce, R. Ahram’s (eds.) Race, Equity and Education: Sixty Years from Brown. New York: Springer.

de los Ríos, C.V., *López, J., & Morrell, E. (2015). Toward a critical pedagogy of race: Ethnic studies and literacies of power in high school classrooms. Race and Social Problems, 7(1), 84-96. 

de los Ríos, C.V. (2013). A curriculum of the borderlands: High school Chicana/o-Latina/o studies as sitios y lenguas. The Urban Review, 45(1), 58-73. 

de los Ríos, C.V., & Ochoa, G.L. (2012). The people united, shall never be divided: Reflections on collaboration, community, and change. Journal of Latinos and Education, 11(4), 271-279. 

*indicates that the co-author is a K-12 classroom teacher.

**indicates that the co-author is a graduate student.

Fellowships, Honors and Awards

National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2020-2021

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2020-2021 (declined)

National Council of Teachers of English/English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE) Janet Emig Award, 2019

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Alan C. Purves Award, 2018

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Researcher Award, 2018

Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group: Critical Educators for Social Justice, 2018

Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group: Latinx Research Issues, 2018

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education/Ford Foundation Faculty Fellow, 2018

NCTE Conference of English Education (CEE) Research Initiative Grant, 2017

AERA Jean Anyon Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper, American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group: Grassroots Community & Youth Organizing for Education Reform, 2017 

National Academy of Sciences, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2016

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, 2016 (declined)

Cultivating New Voices (CNV) Among Scholars of Color Fellowship, Research Foundation of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2014-2016

Teachers College, Columbia University Office of the Provost Doctoral Dissertation Grant, 2016-2017

Teachers College, Columbia University Office of the Provost Grant for Professional Development, 2016

Teachers College, Columbia University Office of the Provost Dissertation Fellowship, 2015-2016

Teachers College, Columbia University Dean’s Grant for Student Research, 2014-2015 

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)/Ford Foundation Multidisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, 2014

Teachers College, Columbia University Inaugural Televisa Fellowship for Latina/o Research, 2014

Editorial Boards

Research in the Teaching of English, 2020-2021

Professional Organizations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)

Literacy Research Association (LRA)

International Literacy Association (ILA)

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)

Education for Liberation Network

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